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Peterborough United Preview

5 February 2016

The Spireites finally return to action after a two week break as they welcome Peterborough United to the Proact on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Home fans also have the prospect of seeing potentially a trio of new signings after a busy Deadline Day in North Derbyshire on Monday.

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Team News

The Spireites were hit by a double defensive blow this week with both Ian Evatt (Achilles) and Charlie Raglan (hernia) ruled out for February and beyond with injury.

That leaves boss Danny Wilson with a central defensive poser, with incoming loanee Tom Anderson ready for a debut if selected and Gary Liddle also ready for a debut in either defence or midfield. Wilson has previously also stated that he would have no problem in starting rookie Laurence Maguire.

The final of the Deadline Day signings, Connor Dimaio, is also fit and ready to play if called upon and has impressed in two reserve team appearances for his new side prior to signing for his home town side until the end of the season.

Posh manager Graham Westley can call on new signing Tom Nichols after his arrival from Exeter City, and also has Adil Nabi available after the on-loan West Brom man missed out at the Hawthorns last weekend.

However, across the park the Posh will be without striker Joe Gormley, midfielder Jermaine Anderson and defender Gabi Zakuani.

Form Guide

Since the Spireites' 2-0 defeat at London Road on Boxing Day Saturday's hosts have improved their form, but have the hiccup of two recent losses to try and put right.

Wilson's side have had two weeks to plan for the game after last weekend's trip to Colchester United was rearranged due to the U's fourth round FA Cup match.

Peterborough are still alive in the same competition as they scooped an impressive 2-2 draw away at Premier League side West Brom, Jon Taylor scoring late to return the tie to Cambridgeshire this coming midweek.

The Proact visitors lie tenth in the Sky Bet League 1 table with a win, a draw and three losses in the league since the last time the two sides locked horns.

From the Dugout

Speaking in his pre-match press conference Wilson said that he felt that the Posh's loss of striker Conor Washington - who scored both goals for United on Boxing Day - would not hamper a strong squad.

"I don't think that's going to affect them after watching them last weekend at West Brom," said Wilson. "As the team goes I don't think they're going to lose a great deal because they've got some good players underneath him.

"They invest very well in young players, they gamble a bit, but a lot of the time the gambles pay off, which is fantastic for them.

"We know it's going to be just as tough with or without players that have gone."

Wilson was on a watching brief at London Road for the first meeting between the sides, but feels his team have undergone a dramatic improvement in the six weeks since.

"They were very dominant and they absolutely dominated the game," he said. "They could have won by more goals than they did - though I'd like to think that we're not in the same place now.

"We've got to be on our A game if we're going to get a result, but I feel our results have been very good in recent weeks. Little mistakes have let us down so we need to make sure that we iron those out."

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