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Scunthorpe United Preview

23 October 2015

A resurgent Chesterfield hunt for their third win in a row as they host familiar foes Scunthorpe United at the Proact on Saturday.

Wins over Walsall and Southend United have raised the smiles in north Derbyshire after a sticky patch and the Spireites will aim to cement their position back in the top half against the Iron.

Team News

A late yellow card for Ian Evatt in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Southend United was the experienced defender's fifth of the season, forcing him to miss out for the match with the Iron, while Chris Herd now walks a similar tightrope having already accrued four yellows.

Young striker Rai Simons is fully fit after only making the bench with a heel injury in the last week and - long-term casualty Angel Martinez aside - Dean Saunders has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Iron boss Mark Robins has an injury list with the names of Darius Henderson, Stephen Dawson, Jamie Ness and Niall Canavan on it, but Luke Williams made a return as a substitute in last weekend's loss to Gillingham on his injury return.

Form Guide

With form being able to read in different ways, the Spireites' back-to-back wins have turned a streak of five defeats out of six into three wins out of four and a further three-point Saturday extension could thrust the side even higher than their current ninth-place perch.

The return of Lee Novak from injury has rejuvenated the Spireites front line, with the on-loan man and strike partner Sylvan Ebanks-Blake contributing four goals to the forward push in the last two games.

Scunthorpe's form is just as up and down as the Spireites', with three straight losses from mid-September giving way to three successive wins, before a last-minute loss to ten-man Gillingham last Saturday, the Iron currently sitting three points behind Chesterfield. 

Last season the two sides faced-off no fewer than five times across Sky Bet League 1, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and the FA Cup, with two wins a piece for both clubs as well as an enthralling FA Cup 2-2 draw at Glanford Park where the Spireites fought back from two goals down to force a replay.

From the Dugout

Speaking to PlayerHD ahead of the the match, Saunders commented on the tightness of an exciting League One, and what teams need to do to succeed.

He said: "You've got to make sure you don't shoot yourself in the foot. If a team's going to beat you make sure they score wonder goals against you that you can't stop.

"We'll make our players aware of what every one of their players can do. We make them aware without spending too much time on it because they have to stop us as well.

"I spend most of my time talking about what we do and getting our structure right."


Saunders also discussed the loss of linchpin Evatt and the possibility of finding defensive re-enforcements in the emergency loan market. 

"I think we can cope with that," said the manager. "Suspensions are part and parcel of football. We're missing him, but it gives someone else a chance. Charlie Raglan got into the team, took his chance and is still there.

"We're a bit short and if anything happens to the back four on Saturday we could be in trouble.

"We're looking at the market and trying our best to bring the right player in who suits us and has the right mentality, wanting to win. If I can get the right player in I will."

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