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22 January 2016

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In the first home match since that Shrewsbury Town game, the Spireites look to take a top-ten scalp as the Lions of Millwall make the journey to the Proact.

Last weekend's 3-1 loss at Wigan Athletic threatened to curtail the building Chesterfield momentum, but the Spireites once again showed plenty of fighting spirit evident since the turn of the year in the second half.


Tickets remain available for the game and can be purchased online now using this link, with the Proact Stadium ticket office from 9am on Saturday morning right through to kick-off.

Team News

Spireites boss Danny Wilson has no no injury worries ahaead of the game, with Ollie Banks, Drew Talbot and Chris Herd all coming through last Saturday's match at Wigan Athletic with nothing more than knocks.

Wilson will also have flying winger Gboly Ariyibi back amongst his ranks after he served his one-match suspension last week following his luckless red card at Rochdale.

Defender Ian Evatt is judged to be a fortnight away from his re-introduction from his Achilles injury, with left-back Dan Jones rated at being around a month away from his first team return.

There is similar good news for Lions boss Neil Harris, who has the squad from last weekend's match with Port Vale all available, with only Tony Craig and Carlos Edwards on the injured list.

Form Guide

While Wilson suffered his first defeat in four games at the DW Stadium last time out, the manager was satisfied with his side's second half performance and feels he's learned more about his team in defeat.

Millwall have flip-flopped in their six matches since Christmas, losing one before winning the next of their last half dozen games.

After the Lions won 3-1 at the Den over Port Vale last Sunday, the Spireites will hope their win-loss trend continues at the Proact, leading to a home triumph.

In fact, Saturday's visitors have not played in a draw since October, with the three-point hauls pushing Harris's men up to eighth spot on Sky Bet League 1, just a point outside of the top six.

From the Dugout

In his pre-match press conference Wilson dissected the team's display last weekend at Wigan, buoyed by some of the brighter moments.

"From the kick-off I felt we were a little in awe of the situation and the stadium," he said. "In previous games we've started on our front foot and gone into teams straight away.

"The difference was the two long-range strikes that went into the top corner and the rest of the game was all right from our view - we created as many situations as they did.

"We played very well at times in the second half and the decision making was a lot better, I've looked back at the DVD and there was some very good play at times so that was very pleasing."

Wilson sees League One as a division where any team can beat any other, and knows that both the Lions and the Spireites will be eyeing the three points on Saturday.

"All the teams in the league will feel the same," Wilson explained. "It's not like going to Chelsea in their pomp, going to Stamford Bridge thinking you're not going to get anything. You don't feel that way in this league, you always feel like you've got a chance no matter where you're going.

"Millwall will come here and fancy their chances - but at the same time so do we. It will be a tough game, a physical game because Millwall are Millwall and you have to prepare for that battle or you'll be under before you start.

"It will need a big strong mental effort at the weekend, coupled with the ability we've got."

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