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PREVIEW: Peterborough United

9 December 2016

After their mixed bag of cup results, the Spireites return to league action on Saturday with a trip to play-off challengers Peterborough United.

The Spireites will be hoping they can continue their strong league form and push for a third in a row to strengthen their survival chances at London Road.

Tickets

Away fans can no longer buy tickets from the Proact, but they can still buy them on the day at Peterborough, albeit with a price increase. Further details can be found here.

Team News

Midfielder Jon Nolan starts his three-game suspension for the game, while another red-card receiver, Tom Anderson, is banned only for Checkatrade Trophy matches and is available to play at London Road..

Danny Wilson has had some injury returns in training this week, with Sam Hird included, but first-team coach Chris Morgan hinted in his pre-match press conference that it would be hard to throw any of the returnees straight into weekend action.

A knee injury keeps key Posh centre-back Jack Baldwin out for the match, and he'll be joined on the sidelines by the suspended Lee Angol and long-term injury victim Jermaine Anderson.

A more positive note for Saturday's hosts is sounded by Bradden Inman, who could be in line for a return after injury.

Form Guide

The Checkatrade Trophy win at Rochdale means the Spireites have won three out of their last four games - with the sizeable blip of their FA Cup loss to Wycombe Wanderers amidst some far more promising results.

After their cup excursions the Spireites return to the league in 22nd place, two points below the relegation safety line with hopes that a win in Cambridgeshire could take them the right side of it.

The task will be tough for Chesterfield however, the Posh lie sixth in the table and despite an FA Cup draw and a loss to the league leaders in the past two outings they won their other four games in November - all by a one-goal margin.

From the Dugout

Ahead of the trip, Morgan discusses the test that awaits his side and the strengths Grant McCann's Posh have that see them reside high up in the table.

"It will be a tricky game," he said. "Peterborough are a good side and it always has been a tough place to go where they've got good footballers and surely with Grant they will have in his team a competitiveness.

"They'll try and play football, they've got a lot of pace in their team and they try to be progressive with their forward movement and the way they want to play football.

"It'll be a good test but one that we're looking forward to."

Morgan also commented on how the squad prepare for a matchday, explaining that the main focus has to be on his own team and not the opposition.

"We're focused on what we do," he said. "You've got to touch on the opposition and we go through things looking at strengths and weaknesses but really we try and focus on ourselves.

"It's a fine line, you can spend most of the week looking at the opposition and then turn up on a Saturday and they've made four or five changes, then a lot of the work you've done goes out the window.

"You've got to look at the opposition's strengths but you've got to make sure you're organised and ready to play."

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