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FA CUP PREVIEW: Wycombe Wanderers

2 December 2016

Spireites step back into FA Cup action on Saturday as they welcome Wycombe Wanderers to the Proact with the prize of the third round draw at stake for both sides.

The in-form Chairboys from League Two will be far from easy to sweep aside however, with the Spireites set to field their strongest side as they attempt to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1997 run with a Cup campaign into the new year.

Tickets

Admission for the Cup tie can be bought right up to the 3pm kick-off, without any matchday rise in prices. Just as good, ticket prices have been slashed to just £10/5 for the match.

Team News

The Spireites could well have Ched Evans and Jon Nolan back in contention to start after the pair have trained well all week following their respective ankle and hamstring injuries. Both players came off the bench in last Saturday's Bristol Rovers win.

Things are less rosy for other injured members of the squad however, with Liam Graham now out for the season with a knee injury. Manager Danny Wilson gave this report ahead of the Cup tie.

Wycombe head to North Derbyshire largely untroubled by injuries, with no new ones to report on, though Max Muller and Dayle Southwell remain on the sidelines. Elsewhere, midfielder Nick Freeman has this week headed to Wealdstone on loan.

Form Guide

It was the FA Cup and the first-round win at Colchester United that finally arrested the Spireites' losing slump last month, and following on from that win the side have now won four of the last six games, following back-to-back league wins against MK Dons and Bristol Rovers.

Following on from their upset win away at Portsmouth in round one, Wanderers have hit a fine run of form back in League Two themselves, rattling off four straight victories to hoist themselves up into the play-off positions.

The game will be just the second time the Spireites have faced Wycombe in the competition, and as in the first round, revenge will be the order of the day for Chesterfield, as last time the Chairboys grabbed a 1-0 win back in 1998.

From the Dugout

Manager Wilson gave his thoughts on the tough lower-league examination awaiting his side as they look to go at least one better than last year's second round Cup exit.

"They'll be feeling exactly as we are and they'll be very confident," he explained. "They may think it's a very good draw for them coming here. It's a tough game, they'll look at it and see from a psychological perspective they're only six or seven places away from us in the football pyramid.

"I think that's how he (Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth) will promote it to his players. We know what we've got and what we're capable of doing - and know that if we put a performance together that we're capable of we'll definitely cause them problems.

"They have players in their side as well who we know will cause us problems."

Wilson went on to speak of the threats to his side in the Wanderers ranks, with any strike-force containing Adebayo Akinfenwa sure to pose an ultra-physical test.

"They've got the Beast up front for a start and no matter what people may say about him he's very effective at what he does and very tough to play against.

"Paul Hayes is up front as well and he's very experienced, they've got quite a few who we know are capable of winning games, that's why they are and why they've won their last four games.

"We can't underestimate them and we won't underestimate them, but at the same time I like to think that they won't underestimate us either."

If you're not able to Pack the Proact on Saturday you can still follow all the action via our official media channels. 

That includes minute-by-minute Twitter coverage, updates and images on Instagram and Facebook and, of course, exclusive and full live coverage on Spireites PlayerHD.


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