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Burton Albion Preview

11 February 2016

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The Spireites go hunting for that Friday feeling as they make the short trip to Staffordshire and table-toppers Burton Albion, backed by a strong away contingent.

Friday's hosts may sit with double the points total of their visitors but Spireites supporters' memories will be particularly fond as their last trip to the Pirelli was to win and clinch promotion from League Two in 2014.


Chesterfield have sold-out their initial allocation of just over 850 tickets for the match, but further terrace tickets will be available for sale at Burton on matchday, with further details here.

Team News

Spireites manager has not just injury but also illness to contend with on Friday; Lee Novak, Dan Gardner and Drew Talbot all suffering the effects of illness this week - though they are expected to be healthy enough for selection.

Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has a hamstring concern and is rated at 50-50 by his manager. If he doesn't make it on to the pitch at the Pirelli he'll join Ian Evatt (Achilles), Charlie Raglan (hernia), Dan Jones (foot), Angel Martinez (knee) and Mani Dieseruvwe (ankle) on the sidelines.

There is little to worry Brewers boss Nigel Clough in terms of team selection though Darius Charles, who has trained this week after a hamstring injury, isn't expected to return for the Friday fixture.

Form Guide

Four points clear at the Sky Bet League 1 summit, the Brewers snatched a late 2-1 win at the Proact earlier this season. At one end Jay O'Shea thought he'd won a penalty for the hosts before the slickest of breaks ended with Jerome Binnom-Williams scoring and claiming the points.

A run of eight wins and a draw in a nine-match unbeaten run from November through to mid-January propelled Albion to the top of the standings, but also cost them their manager when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink left for the Championship and Queens Park Rangers.

However, returning boss Nigel Clough has hardly skipped a beat. Unexpected recent losses at home to Shrewsbury and away to Rochdale have shown the Brewers to be beatable, though the Spireites will clearly need to be at their best to snatch a point or more.

Chesterfield's 1-0 loss to Peterborough United last weekend was their third on the spin and sitting just a perilous point above the bottom four Wilson will be looking for as many points as possible from the three league matches in the coming eight days.

From the Dugout

In his Thursday press conference Wilson surveyed his opponents, knowing that their strong season-long form has been built on their strong defensive foundation.

Wilson commented: "From Burton's point of view I think to be top of the league at this stage of the season has surprised everybody, which I mean with the utmost respect.

"It goes to prove that for some of the unfancied clubs, if they put together a run they're capable of being in the position that they are. Burton are there on merit as week after week they've been grounding results out, even after changing managers.

"We know we're in for a tough game, like a lot of teams in this division they are very well organised and disciplined in what they do."

Wilson was also keen to point out that his side have every chance of getting a result, so long as they approach things in the correct way.

He said: "We've got to be resilient in our defensive work but we do know that teams in recent weeks have got results against them. 

"These unfancied teams have got their noses in front and in doing so have gone on and won the game - that's going to be our challenge."

Even those not among the Spireites army can follow every kick from the Pirelli Stadium with just a few clicks. 

There'll be live commentary - exclusive on the internet - on PlayerHD, as well as the usual Twitter coverage with Facebook and Instagram updates.

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