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PREVIEW: Charlton Athletic

28 October 2016

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The Spireites head to Charlton Athletic on Saturday focused on getting their season back on track after a string of recent defeats.

They come up against a recently-relegated Addicks side adapting to life in the third tier, who have drawn over half of their league fixtures so far.


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Team News

Manager Danny Wilson suggested pre-match that there was no new news on the injury front, meaning forward Kristian Dennis will miss out again, along with longer-term absentees including Paul McGinn and Conor Wlkinson.

One man who will definitely miss out in the capital is Tom Anderson, the centre-back serves his one-game suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last Saturday in the Scunthorpe United loss.

After recovering from a virus, Patrick Bauer is expected to be fit again for Saturday's contest, while Jordan Botaka and Ahmed Kashi remain sidelined.

Danger man Nicky Ajose is pushing for a return to the starting 11 after scoring the late equaliser from the penalty spot that saw Athletic secure a draw at Gillingham last weekend.

Form Guide

The Spireites' barren run has stretched to four straight defeats now, without a goal for the side in any of them, and sat in the bottom four, they come up against a side just five points better off than them on Saturday.

No one has drawn more in League One this season than the Addicks, who have shared spoils in eight of their 14 matches so far, including their latest two games at Gillingham and Port Vale.

The Spireites could come up against a former hero at the Valley, with last season's top scorer Lee Novak potentially lining-up against CFC for the Addicks after joining the Londoners in the summer.

The striker hasn't had the start he would have wanted at his latest club, starting just three league games and scoring only once since the move, away at Fleetwood in September.

From the Dugout

Wilson assessed the Charlton squad his team will come up against, recognising that they have a core of well-known players ready to cause his team problems.

The manager explained: "We know they've got a very strong squad with very experienced players, a bit like Scunthorpe last week in some respects. They have lads with plenty of league games under their belts and they've had a lot of draws this year.

"That would suggest really that they're a very tough team to get a win against, but at the same time they're not being convincing enough to win games.

"We go down there, we know there are a few problems behind the scenes and whether that's effecting the players we'll have to wait and see, but we've got to be prepared and take advantage of any situation that develops - and if we get off to a good start who know what the fans will do."

The Spireites supremo added that at the year's beginning he had tipped the capital side to make short work of their stay in Sky Bet League 1.

"They were one of my favourites at the beginning of the season - and it's still very early, they could still make a good march of it," he commented.

"Because of the squad they've got, because of the money that's behind the club and how they can bring players in, they've got to be one of the favourites and one of the strongest squads as well.

"At this moment in time maybe they'll be thinking they could be doing better, but there's still a hell of a long way to go yet."

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