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Match preview: Wycombe v Chesterfield

Spireites

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Chesterfield travel to Wycombe searching for the type of form which saw them beat Port Vale 2-0 in early December.

It was the Spireites’ fourth consecutive League Two win but a run of mixed results since has seen Paul Cook’s men remain just outside the play-off spots.

They began 2013 with a 1-0 defeat away to Accrington Stanley on the manager’s return to The Crown Ground.

But despite only one win in five, coming against York City on Boxing Day, Chesterfield go into the game knowing three points will put them right in the mix again.

Spireites’ boss Cook said: “It’s important we replicate our good performances and not our bad ones. That will be the main focus of training today, with the importance of starting games well.

“When we scored against Cheltenham early on, Hartlepool early on, Port Vale, we go on to dominate the games and look very good.

“When we end up chasing games we don’t look so good. It’s important we get back to what we’re good at and that’s scoring first and dominating games.”

Selection

Marc Richards started on New Year’s Day after missing two with a slight hamstring injury. He partnered Jack Lester in attack on his return to the side following a three game suspension.

Both will be out to impress if given the nod after the manager stated his intention to bring in more firepower during the January transfer window.

The club will be boosted by the announcement goalkeeper Tommy Lee has signed a new deal until 2016.

While Terrell Forbes, Scott Boden and Jack Waddle are the latest names to be told they can leave the Proact, along with Neal Trotman and Craig Westcarr before them.

Loan deals for Liam Cooper, Brennan Dickenson, Jay O’Shea and Conor Townsend come to an end after the final whistle at Adams Park.

The opposition

Wycombe lost 1-0 to 10-man Exeter last time out and like Chesterfield have found consistency hard to come by this season.

Gareth Ainsworth’s Charirboys go into Saturday’s clash having won two, lost two and drawn one in their last five fixtures.

They currently sit 19th in the League Two table but are buoyed by the capture of former Spireite Dean Morgan until May.

Morgan, 29, has five for the season so far - two behind midfielder Joel Grant.

Head to head

Chesterfield ran out 3-1 winners at the Proact when the two teams met in September thanks to goals from Chris Atkinson, Lester and Sam Hird.

But Wycombe came out on top 3-2 the last time they met at Adams Park in December 2011.

They have met 28 times down the years with the Choirboys winning 12 to Chesterfield’s 11, as well as five draws.

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