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Swindon Town Preview

22 April 2016

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After claiming a point on Tuesday the Spireites have the chance to rubber-stamp their Sky Bet League 1 survival if they can gain a win at Swindon Town on Saturday.

A three-point haul would be the Spireites' tenth away win of the campaign - twice as many as they've managed at home - and would follow up the brilliant win at Barnsley on the last away trip.

Team News 

The Spireites have no fresh injury concerns going into Saturday’s vital clash and are boosted by the recall of Dan Gardner after his loan spell with Bury was cut short and the midfielder is back in the squad for the trip to the County Ground. 

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will be pushing for a start after his cameo appearance against Doncaster on Tuesday night, though Ian Evatt (Achilles) and Angel Martinez (knee) remain side-lined as long term absentees for Chesterfield. 

Swindon trio Drissa Traore, Brandon Ormonde-Ottwill and Jeremy Balmy are all available for selection again. The trio werel suspended by the club after a video allegedly showed them inhaling laughing gas, but the issue has now been resovled. 

Midfielder Fabian Robert is likely to miss Saturday’s clash after he suffered a reoccurrence of an ankle injury and missed Tuesday’s trip to Walsall. 

Form Guide 

The Spireites are five points clear of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers, winger Gboly Ariyibi scoring a first half equaliser to earn a point.

Danny Wilson’s men will be looking to build on that going into Saturday’s trip and having lost just one of their last six matches away from home, the Spireites will be confident they can get the result which would see them climb above the Robins. 

Swindon earned a credible 1-1 draw at promotion-chasing Walsall last time out which ended a run of three consecutive defeats but they are without a win in nine league matches. 

From the Dugout

Speaking to Spireites PlayerHD ahead of the game, manager Danny Wilson feels one more win will all but seal survival in Sky Bet League 1 for next season and stressed the importance of picking up points no matter how it's done at this stage of the season. 

He said: “A win would be sweet for either team. One more win and I think we’d be okay but it's getting that win that’s the hardest part and if you don’t get it then you’ve got to make sure you bring something back.

“That’s exactly what we’ll do. We’ll go down there and be difficult. We’ve had some terrific away results this year by doing exactly that, being difficult to break down and having the ability to counter attack.” 

Wilson was also wary of the opposition, who possess the league’s top scorer and ex-Spireite loanee Nicky Ajose. 

“Ajose is a predator, he’s a real fox in the box and every team would like one. From that point of view we have to respect him and Jonathan Obika upfront but we’ve also got players that will cause them amazing problems. We’ll feel we can keep them quiet and turn it into something positive for us.

“For us, if we do stay up, it will be because that solid base we’re trying to build for ourselves. It’s not going to be about any individual or someone scoring but it’ll be because the team have gelled together with resilience and are getting us through games.” 

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