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Barnsley Preview

8 April 2016

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With midweek results drawing the Spireites back south in the Sky Bet League 1 table, the challenge is back on for more points at Wembley-winners Barnsley on Saturday.

The Spireites will be hoping for - but not counting on - a JPT-winning Tykes hangover, a good match in prospect with both sides desperate for the three points at differing ends of the standings.


Chesterfield have sold close to 750 away tickets in advance of the fixture.

Spireites supporters can also pay on the day at Oakwell, though some juvenile tickets are not available on matchday as they needed to be bought in advance. Further details here.

Team News

The Spireites continue with their full-back conundrums, right-back Liam O'Neil missing again with a ankle sprain picked up in training, while Declan John and Dan Jones remain missing from the left flank.

Manager Danny Wilson hinted pre-match that Charlie Raglan would continue at right-back on Saturday and revealed Chris Herd to be in squad contention for the Oakwell clash, with hopes that Dion Donohue will also be ready following his suspension and then injury.

League One manager of the month Paul Heckingbottom gave his players two days off following their Wembley triumph last Sunday and is without any new injury problems for this Saturday's game.

Winger Ryan William is the only Tyke certain to be out, carrying a groin injury, with Marley Watkins possibly ready for a return after a calf complaint.

Form Guide

Chesterfield pulled themselves five points clear of the drop zone with a splendid 4-2 Port Vale win last Saturday, but find themselves back to within two points of the bottom four after Oldham and Fleetwood picked up wins midweek.

With a game in hand over the majority of their fellow play-off chasers but four points shy of the top six, Barnsley's remarkable run after a wretched start has to the campaign seen them lose just twice since mid-December.

More hope for the visiting Spireites comes from the Tykes gathering just a point from their two most recent Oakwell fixtures.

From the Dugout

After last weekend's Jekyll and Hyde performance against Port Vale, Wilson says he is focusing on building on the second half's many positive aspects.

"It's all about reminders all the time," he says. "They always say that practice makes permanent and we've got to do a lot of the things on the training ground to replicate what we did in the second half on Saturday.

"That's par for the course in any training session really, you work on your good parts. The bad parts - which were far to many to try and work on - were often not physical; a lot of the things were between the ears.

"It was about getting distances right, reactions quicker and being proactive, which didn't happen in the first half. In the second half they were there in abundance, and that's what we've got to try and build on."

While the match marks a return to a familiar stomping ground for the Chesterfield boss, Wilson says that his preparations with the squad have not been affected by sentimentality.

"We have the same preparations and for all player who play against us week-in week-out. I'll give our players the information, they'll take it on board and then try to put it into action at the weekend on the pitch.

"The players will have no more information than they normally get, as a team and as individuals, so it doesn't really make much difference."

Spireites can follow all the action from Oakwell even if they can't be there in person. There will be live commentary exclusively online on PlayerHD, minute-by-minute tweets on the club's Twitter page, as well as the usual updates on Facebook and Instagram.

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