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The big preview: Chesterfield

21 February 2014

Wanderers welcome Sky Bet League 2 leaders Chesterfield to Adams Park on Saturday (k.o 3pm).

Gareth Ainsworth’s men go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town after their match at Cheltenham Town was postponed last weekend.

The Spireites are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures, winning five and drawing one, to move three points clear at the top of the table.

Paul Cook’s side did suffer defeat on Tuesday when they lost 1-0 at home to Fleetwood Town in the second leg of their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area final, however, Chesterfield had already put themselves in a commanding position after a 3-1 first-leg victory.

Dreams of a league and cup are well and truly alive with the Spireites’ Wembley showdown with Peterborough United scheduled for Sunday 30th March.

Gareth Ainsworth – talking to Chairboys Player

“They’re a strong side. They probably have the biggest budget in the league and are rightly at the top of the table.

“They’ve been able to assemble a team together that is experienced and is a mixture of big, physical boys and good footballers.

“They have options up front and the names that they can put on make you think ‘wow he’s a good player, he’s a good player, he’s a good player.’

“Paul Cook has done well. He’s stepped up from his Accrington days and has taken on the mantle at Chesterfield.

“They’re playing some good stuff and they have played a couple of formations with a few different personnel. We look at all those in detail and see which team we think they will play against us and then give the boys their specific roles and responsibilities.

“I’m all about us and what we can do, especially at home - I want us to impose our game on them.”

Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt – talking to Derbyshire Times after the Spireites clinched their place at Wembley

It’s at the back of our minds now.“

“It’s a great achievement to get there but our main aim this season is to win this league. This group of players is so focused on getting this team to where it needs to be.

“We wanted to reach Wembley and we wanted to get promotion. We’ve done the first thing and we’re top of the table so we just have to maintain that.”

Team News

Dean Morgan could be fit to face his former side after recovering from a slight hamstring injury, while only Charles Dunne and Tommy Fletcher remain on the sidelines.

Chesterfield right-back Drew Talbot is a doubt after suffering a recurrence of an abductor injury. The 27-year-old has missed the last two games as a result.


Chesterfield 10/11
Draw 5/2
Wycombe 3/1

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