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Fleetwood Town Preview

25 March 2016

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It's an Easter extravaganza at the Proact on Saturday as Chesterfield welcome Fleetwood Town in a survival showdown.

After Saturday's game the Spireites then travel to face Oldham Athletic on Easter Monday, with the results of the weekend likely to signal the ongoing fortunes for Danny Wilson's men for the rest of the campaign.


Home and away supporters can buy tickets right up to kick-off on Saturday, with normal matchday prices applying for the game.

Team News

The Spireites face the match without left-back loanee Declan John, who is away on international duty with Wales under 21s. However, manager Wilson otherwise expects the side that came through at Scunthorpe to be fit and ready to go.

Ollie Banks received a whack to the ankle late on at Glanford Park but has returned to training the week and is expected to be in squad contention. Elsewhere, Chris Herd and Charlie Raglan came through the reserves' tie at Hartlepool United in midweek and are hoped to be match fit. 

The visitors have David Henen and Stefan Scougall available for the Proact match, though the game comes to early for long-serving favourite and captain Nathan Pond, who is recovering from injury.

Dangerman Bobby Grant misses the match with the final match of his three-game suspension, while Wes Burns and Conor McLaughlin are away on international duty.

It's also the first time that the Spireites will take on former favourite Jimmy Ryan since he left the Proact last summer - after a golden period that included League One play-off qualification last season and the League Two title the year before.

Form Guide

After the Walsall loss in their last home game and a difficult first 45 minutes at Scunthorpe, the Spireites steadied the ship to earn a steadying point that means Saturday's hosts have now lost just one of their last seven matches.

Fleetwood had been on a unbeaten run until recently, boosting Steven Pressley's men's survival hopes, but three consecutive losses have proved to be a setback to drag the side back towards the danger zone.

The margin between the Spireites and Cod Army is two points going into the match and with the relegation spots five points below Chesterfield, work still needs to be done in the final nine games to confirm a League One place for 2016/17.

From the Dugout

Danny Wilson spoke to PlayerHD before Saturday’s match saying that his intentions were very much to emerge with all three points at the Proact. 

He said: “We’ve seen a team in Fleetwood that are very capable of putting you to the sword if you’re not careful, they have some very good players in their team.

“They got three wins which you’d think would take right out of the situation they found themselves in but all of a sudden they’ve suffered three defeats. They’re very similar to us in lots of ways, very similar to lots of teams around us in the league, the inconsistency is there to be seen.

“Overall I think they’re a team we need to respect but also a team we feel we can beat.

“We’re coming off the back of a very good 45 minutes at Scunthorpe so we’re looking to take that into the game and hope they have a little bit of a hangover from their home defeat last week. It’s never the easiest to take when you’re beaten at home.

“Putting all this aside, I think both teams know how important three points are this weekend.”

In or out of the Proact on Saturday there will be live commentary on PlayerHD, the usual comprehensive service on Twitter as well as updates and action on the official website, Facebook and Instagram.

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