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Oldham Athletic Preview

27 March 2016

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The Spireites complete their hectic Easter weekend with a second relegation scrap in 48 hours as they travel to play John Sheridan's Oldham Athletic on Easter Monday.

Saturday saw another point, if no goals, gained at home in the match with Fleetwood Town, the Spireites remaining five points above the fourth-bottom spot, held by Monday's opponents.


Away fans will be able to purchase tickets on matchday at Boundary Park, though it is possible that there will a price increase on the turnstile. Advance prices for the match can be viewed here.
The Spireites have sold around 300 away tickets in advance of the game.

Team News

For the away side, Dion Donohue misses the final game of his three-game suspension after his Walsall dismissal, while Connor Dimaio and Declan John miss out due to under 21 call-ups.

Left-back John picked up an hamstring injury in the first of Wales' qualifying matches, and will be assessed by the Cardiff City medical staff on Monday.

Manager Danny Wilson said that despite some knocks during Saturday's game, he expects all of his players from the weekend to be fit to line-up again in Lancashire.

Oldham could welcome back a trio of faces, with Anthony Gerrard a possible returnee after illness kept him out on Saturday while Matt Palmer and Timmy Thiele are both available after loan agreements saw them miss the match at Burton.

Sheridan will have to cope without Cameron Dummigan, away on interntaional duty, and the injured Domonic Poleon, however.

Form Guide

Saturday's Cod Army draw maintains Chesterfield's five-point gap ahead of the relegation spots and stretches the Spireites run to one loss in eight League One games.

Monday's game is crucial for former Spireites manager Sheridan's men, who pulled themselves up to fourth bottom with a strong point at the table-toppers on Saturday lunchtime.

Sheridan will be well aware that a win over his one-time employers will likely pull his side out of the bottom four and with games running out it is quickly becoming now-or-never towards the foot of the table, the Latics making a good recent fist of an escape - with just two losses in their last 11 matches.

From the Dugout

With both sides facing such a rapid turnaround between matches, Wilson spoke of the difficulty the two clubs face to perform to their best.

He said: "It's not going to be easy, especially if you want to play your best team each time like we do. For the players that play regularly it's going to be very difficult, we don't carry a big squad and neither do Oldham.

"I'm sure that by the time the game comes our boys will be up for it and if we have to freshen things up we will do that."

With the Latics gaining an impressive point from their match at league-leading Burton Albion Wilson says he will be looking for his side to follow a similar lead at Boundary Park.

"They will be very determined," he said. "They had a very good performance against Burton and possibly should have won the game, which suggests that it will be very tough test for us there.

"When you're at home you have to throw a bit of caution to the wind and sometimes when you're away at one of the top teams in the league it's a little bit easier to motivate yourself.

"We're going to have to go there and do exactly the same as they've done to Burton."

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