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Rochdale Preview

8 January 2016

Chesterfield face up to familiar foes on Saturday as they travel to Rochdale looking to extend their bright start under Danny Wilson's tenure.

The task of wrestling any points away from Spotland will not be an easy one however, with Rochdale in good form and fighting up in the top ten of the Sky Bet League 1 table.

Tickets

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Team News

Boss Danny Wilson rated full-back Drew Talbot as 50-50 in his pre-match press conference as the defender works his way back to fitness after the hamstring injury he sustained in the pre-Christmas Bradford City match.

Ian Evatt and Ollie Banks are both progressing well with their injuries, but are likely to need another week or so of recuperation before they can be considered for squad selection.

Rochdale were boosted by the news this week that right-back Joe Rafferty is back in training after a stomach injury, but Saturday's Spireites match-up comes too early for a first team return.

After last week's impressive win, Dale could well be unchanged as they return to Spotland, though the squad will be without midfielder John O'Sullivan and 'keeper Joel Pereira after their loan deals expired.

Squad News

The Spireites thrust aside their two-month long winless streak last Saturday by blasting seven goals past Shrewsbury Town at the Proact. With two improved performances in Wilson's first two games in charge the Spireites manager will now face his first away challenge at Rochdale.

Any hopes of a straight forward game as the Spireites look to continue their return to form were put to bed by Rochdale's 3-0 win away at promotion-chasing Walsall at the same time as Chesterfield's big win was taking place.

Striker Calvin Andrew's double at the Banks's Stadium earned him a spot alongside Lee Novak in the Football League team of the week, helping Dale rise to ninth in Sky Bet League 1, six points shy of the top six and the play-off places.

From the Dugout

Wilson spoke to PlayerHD before the game and knows that Rochdale's result last weekend will only make the challenge his side face tougher.

"It made me understand that we have a very tough game in front of us," explained Wilson. "For anyone to go to Walsall and get that sort of result you have to play well.

"It also means that they'll approach the game full of confidence - like we will - so it promises to be a good game. 

"Rochdale do play some good stuff at times and they've had a very strong home record in recent seasons which suggests that we'll have be on top of our game on Saturday."

The Spireites manager also feels that the recent form shown by the two sides makes an entertaining match likely.

"You'd expect both teams to be going hammer and tong at it," he said. "We've got the belief now that we can score goals and make chances.

"Overall, I would suggest that there will be two teams that want to win the game so you expect there to be chances at both ends, you expect mistakes and you expect a high-tempo game.

"We're not going there to defend. We will have to, as they will, but we have been preparing ourselves to go out and win the game."

There are a whole host of ways to keep up-to-date with events at Spotland. There will be live and full online commentary on Spireites PlayerHD, the only place to listen to the game worldwide.

As well as that there will be minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter and photos and updates on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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