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Northampton Town Preview

16 September 2016

The Spireites may have steadied the ship, but now they face the challenge of ending a huge unbeaten run as Northampton Town are welcomed to the Proact.

The Cobblers have rolled their championship-winning form over from League Two into a promising League One start and Chesterfield will need to be at their best to bring the visitors back down to earth.

Team News

Spireites manager Danny Wilson revealed in his press conference that he would leave it until Saturday before ruling on the fitness of Ian Evatt and Jon Nolan, who both missed the match at Oldham last time out.

Others nursing injuries include Conor Wilkinson and Sam Hird, though both are expected to be ready for kick-off at the Proact, with Angel Martinez, Tommy Lee, Liam O'Neil and Dan Jones still out with long-term issues.

The Cobblers head to North Derbyshire without any new injury worries, which allows boss and former Spireite Rob Page to name an unchanged team for a third straight match.

Form Guide

The Spireites ended their three-game losing habit last weekend with a 0-0 draw at Boundary Park and will be looking to build on that with three home league matches in a fortnight.

The Cobblers on the other hand have yet to face defeat this season, and more ominous yet, last season's League Two champions have an unbeaten record of 31 games to protect.

Northampton have more draws (five) from their seven matches than any other side in the division this term, but have won their last two outings. 

Home fans will however be hoping that Cobblers minds will be straying to their EFL Cup clash at Sixfields with Manchester United next Wednesday.

From the Dugout

Ahead of the match manager Wilson said that he felt Northampton's continued unbeaten charge has allowed the team to relax and be confident in what they do.

"They seem to be still riding that wave from last season," he said. "They've certainly found their feet very quickly in our league. We'll have to hold them in the utmost respect, 31 games unbeaten is some feat at any level and it breeds confidence.

"We're going to expect a very difficult afternoon. They're very hard to break down, they're very organised, there's not too much expectation on their shoulders so they can go out and play to their game plan.

"They don't have to go out and entertain, or be this swaggering team with all this flair in it, they're very good at what they do and we have to be very clever in the ways that we try to break them down."

The recent win-less run for the Spireites could have knocked the Spireites boss, but Wilson retains that the performances were good enough for him to keep his positivity.

"I've never been disappointed with the lads' commitment. Throughout pre-season and the start of the campaign I've had no doubts about the quality of the lads and the commitment they've shown.

"What's run parallel with the defeats has been some very strong performances. There's just been a couple or three mistakes that have cost us results. If you're playing well and performing well you have that belief."

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