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The big preview - Chesterfield

22 November 2013

Wanderers travel to the Proact Stadium on Saturday looking to build on Tuesday’s convincing 2-0 victory at League 1 side Crewe Alexandra.

Goals from Steven Craig and Gary Doherty sealed the success and the Blues will be hoping to carry that performance into the league as they go in search of a first win in four in Sky Bet League 2.

Chesterfield come into the game in second place and level on points with leaders Oxford United. The Spireites won 2-0 at Torquay United last time out, but before that had been on a run of five League 2 games without a win.

In all competitions, however, Paul Cook’s side have won three in a row, including a convincing 3-0 victory over promotion rivals Rochdale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Gareth Ainsworth – talking to Chairboys Player

“It’s a big test. People will always talk about budgets and if the league was on budgets then they would probably win it or be right up there.

“It’s not about that, it’s about what you can do with your team and your squad. I’m not fearing Chesterfield at all. My biggest worry is the jinx that we seem to have up there at their new stadium.

“We don’t seem to go up there and perform well at all, but I’ve never been there as a manager and maybe that jinx could be put on hold this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how we back Tuesday up. It will be a different problem for us because Crewe were very fragile and near the bottom of the league and we had tactics to have a go at that.

“Chesterfield are different. They’re riding high at the top of the league, play good football, have good set-plays and these are all things that we have on our scouting reports.

“It’ll be a good game and we’ll be in it – we’ve not been out of a game all season. We haven’t lost by more than one goal all season and there’s an ex-Chesterfield player in our squad, maybe he gets the winning goal!”

Click here for an in-depth interview with Ainsworth.

Paul Cook – speaking to Spireites Player

“We’ll approach the Wycombe game with the upmost respect for them. If we could put another win on the board then that would be four on the spin and that’s how quickly things change in football.

“Leam (Richardson) was very complimentary about Wycombe and how hard they worked. Gareth has had some really good results this year, albeit one or two bad ones which is a bit like the rest of us.

“Gareth has done a fantastic job since he’s gone there as manager. They’re a very difficult team to play against because they’re always up for the game, not only that but they also have bits of quality throughout the team which makes them a very strong side.”

Team news

Ainsworth is definitely without Kortney Hause, but the centre-back’s ankle injury is not as serious as first feared. Jo Kuffour (thigh) and Nick Arnold (groin) are major doubts, but Jon-Paul Pittman (ankle) has an outside chance.

Chesterfield will be without Nathan Smith (ankle) and Sam Morsy (knee), while Gary McSheffrey has not trained this week because of the hip problem that ruled him out of the win at Torquay.

Odds

Chesterfield 4/6
Wycombe 4/1
Draw 14/5

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