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Gillingham Preview

26 February 2016

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Chesterfield look to build on last weekend's win but have a tough task in doing so as they face high-flying Gillingham away from home on Saturday.

In the same fixture last season the Spireites rode a roller coaster of a game to a 3-2 away win, though the Gills have already tasted success over Chesterfield this season with a 3-1 win at the Proact in October.


Spireites supporters can buy tickets on the day at Priestfield, and True Blue Travel users are asked to note that the buses will leave from the front of the Proact Stadium this Saturday morning, due to the fun fair in the car park.

Team News

Liam O'Neil awaits the doctor's all-clear before he can confirm his place in Danny Wilson's squad and the recent right-back has made the Friday lunchtime trip down to Kent.

Wilson continues to have to deal without the injured duo of Charlie Raglan (hernia) and Chris Herd (hip) as well as longer-term injury casualties Ian Evatt (Achilles) and Angel Martinez (knee).

In midfield, captain Gary Liddle serves the second match of his three-game suspension after his red card against Colchester United ten days ago.

The Gills have their own injury problems with captain Doug Loft and vice captain John Egan both missing for the Spireites' visit. Right-back Ryan Jackson is touch-and-go for the match while striker Cody McDonald is out with a long-term injury. 

Form Guide

The Spireites have had a seven-day rest after a busy week which saw them battle to a 1-1 draw with ten men at Colchester before grabbing three precious home points against Crewe Alexandra last Saturday.

The win kept Chesterfield heads just above water but the side remain just a point and two places above Shrewsbury Town in the final Sky Bet League 1 relegation place.

Saturday's hosts are battling at the other end of the league table, currently sitting in third spot and only a point shy of Wigan Athletic in the second automatic promotion spot.

Justin Edinburgh's men have had mixed results of late, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last six games, with their last game being a 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Oldham Athletic.

However, in former Tottenham trainee Bradley Dack they have one of the league's players of the season for this campaign, with 13 goals already from his role in attacking midfield.

From the Dugout

Manager Wilson spoke in his Thursday press conference about his side's opponents, but feels his squad is in a good place after the win last time out.

He commented: "The squad's looking okay, not too different from the Crewe game. From our perspective what's different is the confidence level. The win's certainly given us a big boost so we're going into the game with Gillingham looking to get a good result there.

"They're coming off the back of a couple of sticky results and I'm sure they'll want to rectify that.

"They're in a great position in the league, they're on top of the play-off places and look like they're in the box seat to stay around there for the foreseeable future.

"Their record at home suggests it's going to be a tough game and we're ready for the fight."

Wilson also praised his opposite number and is well-aware of the good work Edinburgh is doing with his Gillingham side.

"He's doing a great job and has done since he went in at Gillingham," said Wilson. "They're still in a great position for automatic promotion so everything's going very well for them at the moment.

"He seems to be handling it exceptionally well as you can see with his interviews and the way his team are playing, which is very well. From his point of view he'll be thoroughly enjoying it.

"Every team has weaknesses and we'll be trying to exploit them, but I'm sure they'll be doing exactly the same when analysing us." 

In Kent tomorrow or not you can keep up to date with every kick through the CFC media channels. 

There will be minute-by-minute Twitter coverage, updates on Facebook and Instagram and of course full and live commentary online at Spireites PlayerHD from Priestfield.

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