Match preview: Chesterfield v Northampton

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Chesterfield go into Saturday’s clash with Northampton Town having picked up just one point from a possible nine in their last three League Two outings.

Paul Cook’s side are without the injured Drew Talbot and have seen both Luis Boa Morte and Craig Westcarr leave the Proact Stadium this week.

The Spireites have found the net just 34 times in 27 league outings this term, with veteran striker Jack Lester leading the way with eight, and have landed Jay O’Shea in time for him to feature.

And Cook said fans can expect two contrasting styles of football.

He said: “We are under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be. We want to play an open passing game and we want to press the ball all over the pitch.

“Sometime when the team changes from week to week with injuries and suspensions we lose track of what we’re meant to be doing, and we’ve done that lately.

“We want to get back to what we’re good at and it’s very important whoever is selected, we get that message across.

“We know the threat of Northampton. If we don’t stand up we won’t win the game.

“We’ve got some good players in this team that will hurt Northampton this Saturday.”

The opposition:

Meanwhile a rejuvenated Northampton go into the game looking for their fourth win in a row.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side are just a point outside the play-offs in League Two after back-to-back successes at home against Fleetwood, who occupy seventh, and Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Cobblers have turned Sixfields into a fortress this term and boast the best record in the league in front of their own supporters, with 29 of 39 points all coming at home.

But they have been unable to replicate that kind of form on the road, where they have won just two, against Accrington Stanley and Dagenham, of the 11 games so far this season.

Town boast much firepower with the likes of Clive Platt, Jake Robinson and top scorer Adeboyo Akinfenwa, who has already found the back of the net 14 times, including a first ever career hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Accrington in November.

Boothroyd will also be pleased with the impact young prospect Lewis Hornby has made when given his opportunity in a midfield, which also contains the likes of Luke Guttridge, Ben Harding, Chris Hackett and Ishmel Demontagnac.

The Cobblers strengthened their defence with the signing of 33-year-old Clarke Carlisle on an 18-month contract, who has created a good understanding with captain Kelvin Langmead at the heart of a back four.

Previous meetings:

The score was goalless when the two sides met in September and the Spireites won 2-1 when they last met at the Proact Stadium in March 2011.

Town last beat Chesterfield on their own soil in January 1993 but have won just 10 of the 38 times the teams have gone head to head, while the Spireites have won 16 and there have been 12 draws.

Form:

Chesterfield: L W D L L

Northampton: L D W W W

How they last lined up:

Chesterfield (4-2-3-1): Lee, Talbot, Cooper, Hird, Smith; Togwell, Randall; Darikwa, Boa Morte, O’Shea; Richards.

Northampton (4-4-2): Nicholls; Widdowson, Langmead (c), Carlisle, Tozer; Guttridge, Harding, Hackett; Robinson, Platt, Akinfenwa.