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PREVIEW: Fleetwood Town

18 November 2016

Spireites look to end a less than magnificent run of seven straight Sky Bet League One defeats as they travel to Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Spinning things the other, more positive, way, the Spireites have won two of their last three games after winning away in the two cup competitions in the last week.

Tickets

Away fans can but their tickets on the day at Highbury, details here, with tickets no longer available from the Proact.

Team News

The Spireites' injury woes show no sign of abating, with Jon Nolan the latest to succumb to the treatment table curse and expected to be out for a fortnight with a slight hamstring strain.

A late fitness test is required for Ched Evans, with no decision made on the striker's ankle knock picked up last weekend yet made. Elsewhere, Liam Graham is back in North Derbyshire following his All Whites international duty, but the defender has returned with a knee injury that rules him out of the Fleetwood fixture.  

The Cod Army have absentee issues of their own, notably former Spireites favourite Jimmy Ryan who hobbled off last weekend with a foot injury and is a doubt.

Less doubt surrounds froward Chris Long who will definitely miss the clash due to suspension - though defender Conor McLaughlin returns to the mix after his international duty with Northern Ireland.

Form Guide

The Spireites appeared to be taking their double cup-winning form into their derby game with Sheffield United last Sunday, leading at the break but ultimately going down 4-1 to the surging Blades.

The result streched the club's league losing run to seven games, with little solace coming from Jon Nolan's beautiful strike breaking a six game scoreless run.

Mid-table Fleetwood have been a model of inconsistency, with six wins, seven losses and almost week-by-week fluctuations in form. The Cod Army won after extra time against neighbours Southport in the FA Cup on Tuesday, following on from two league defeats.

From the Dugout

Manager Danny Wilson spoke about his weekend opposition in his pre-match press conference, expecting the Lancashire side to pose a different threat to many in League One.

"They're a good footballing side," he said. "Throughout the side they want to play, they want to get it down. They're not one of the big uncompromising teams we've come up against in certain games this season.

"They're smaller, quicker and have a little bit more movement in how they play, and that will be a different problem for us to face, that's for sure.

"We're more than capable of dealing with that and we've got to believe in taking the small positives with how we played in part of the Sheffield United game. If we can do that for the whole 90 minutes we'll have a good chance."

Despite playing the Cod Army a month ago, Wilson expects a different test to that faced in the recent 1-0 Proact loss, and knows that a win would provide a huge boost to the club in the current uncertain times.

"We've seen the changes you get in team in two or three weeks, let alone four or five weeks. there will be four or five players in the team that weren't in the team when they played us," he explained.

"They'll have a certain way of playing but the personnel they have out will prove a difficult test for us.

"There are times like this when you need resilience and you need your characters to come to the floor, particularly on the footballing front. There's nothing better than to come up trumps in that area because it gives you a double confidence boost."

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