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Swindon Town Preview

12 August 2016

Two games in and Chesterfield finally get their 2016/17 home campaign underway as they welcome Swindon Town to the Proact on Saturday afternoon.

After a poor Proact record last term the onus is now on the Spireites to make their home stadium more of a fortress and stave off last season's relegation spectre from the off.

Team News

Two games already played this season and the Spireites have just the one new injury to report. Ian Evatt sustained a nasty gash to his head at Rochdale on Tuesday, but is likely to be able to play with the aid of some head strapping.

Sam Hird returned from last season's suspension at Spotland and will make the squad, while midfielder Jon Nolan was rested midweek and rejoins the fray for the Robins' visit.

On Friday Swindon completed the season-long loan of QPR defender Darnell Furlong, and he joins Conor Thomas and highly-rated former Woking midfielder John Goddard among the County Ground arrivals.

However, Swindon are now without striker Nicky Ajose, whose strong performances in attack last year attracted the interest of League One new boys Charlton Athletic.

Form Guide

The first week of the season saw a mixed bag of results for the Spireites. A strong second half at Oxford United on the opening day earned a point, while a good opening half in the EFL Cup on Tuesday set the scene for second round progression before Rochdale roared back to win 3-1 after the break.

Both manager Danny Wilson and defender Dion Donohue have spoken this week about the need for an improvement in form at the Proact, where Chesterfield gained just six league wins in the last campaign.

One of the Chesterfield low points of last season came with the 4-0 home reverse against Swindon, a result that cost Dean Saunders his job  - heralding Wilson's December appointment.

Swindon recorded a slender 1-0 win over Coventry City on the first day of the season and followed it up with a strong performance though a penalty shootout loss at QPR in midweek.

From the Dugout

Manager Wilson made the trip down south to watch Swindon play at Loftus Road in the cup on Wednesday and feels that he knows the strengths - and weaknesses - of Luke Williams' side.

Wilson explained: "They're a very good footballing side and they have a real philosophy of bringing young players in, a lack of fear and of any responsibility when they're on the ball, they just get on with it and they try and pass and try and score.

"That can also be a bit of an Achilles heel for them at times. They can be on the end of a spanking and on other times they can give a spanking, the other day against QPR they played very well at times.

"They do have some problems defensively at times, but that's what you get with such an attack-minded team. They've got another good group of young lads who they'll try and nurture, bring through and then try and sell on. That's how they survive."

The manager also reported on his own squad and how they were doing fitness-wise after a busy start and two away games to get the Spireites' season going.

"Everybody's fine, all the ones we know about in the injury room are the same, but after Rochdale we were fine.

"The players we left out we had to leave out, that wasn't through choice. Everyone's caught between the devil and the deep blue sea when it comes to these games at the beginning of the season."

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