SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC v Port Vale match preview

Scunthorpe vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By: James Williamson
Scunthorpe vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By: James Williamson

Chesterfield will be hoping to continue their recent run of form when they welcome Port Vale to the Proact Stadium in their first League One match of 2015.

A fruitful festive season, which included wins over Gillingham and Peterborough United and a draw at Coventry City, has seen the Spireites move to within touching distance of the play-offs.

Late heroics from Jay O’Shea at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night ensured a third round FA Cup replay next week and revive Chesterfield’s hopes of a cash cow fourth round tie at Derby County.

But Paul Cook’s battling Blues must put that to the back of their minds as they take on a reinvigorated Vale side who sit one place below the Spireites in the table on the same number of points.

Jimmy Ryan could be back in contention for Chesterfield whilst the impact of both Dan Gardner and O’Shea off the bench at Glanford Park will undoubtedly come in to the manager’s thinking.

Saturday’s opponents have snapped up Frederic Veseli, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Vale, until the end of the campaign after his departure from Ipswich Town this week.

Veseli played in the reverse fixture with the Spireites in August when Cook’s side claimed a 2-1 win but Chesterfield will face a different animal this time around after a change in manager.

Rob Page took on the reins when Micky Adams resigned from his post in mid-September with Vale languishing in 23rd spot and inspired a turnaround in fortunes, winning eight of their last 16.

Last time out

Chesterfield (Vs Scunthorpe United 4-4-2): Lee; Darikwa, Raglan, Hird, Clucas; Boco Morsy, Humphreys, Roberts; Gnanduillet, Doyle.

Port Vale (Vs Gillingham 4-4-1-1): Neal; Yates, Veseli, Duffy, Dickinson; Marshall, O’Connor, Brown, N’Guessan; Dodds; Williamson.