SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC v Barnsley match preview

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

Chesterfield go in to Saturday’s game looking to register a win in League One for the first time in eight attempts.

Following an encouraging start to the league campaign, solitary wins in September and October have seen the Spireites slip in to mid-table territory.

Paul Cook’s side currently occupy 14th spot - six points from the play-offs and five from the drop zone - three places below next opponents Barnsley.

Chesterfield have shut Yeovil and Crewe out in their last two fixtures but are yet to find the back of the net in their last four league encounters.

A 6-0 win in the FA Cup at Braintree Town gave a timely boost and the players continued in similar form during the first half at Crewe last weekend.

The Spireites face a stern test on Saturday against Danny Wilson’s Tykes, who are unbeaten in their last three and have won the last two in the league.

A derby day victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane at the start of November was followed by a comprehensive win in the FA Cup over Burton Albion.

A narrow success over Colchester United has continued their mini-revival and in Conor Hourihane, Sam Winnall and Devante Cole they have players in form.

Hourihane has ten goals this season from midfield, Winnall has six from his last four and Cole, on loan from Manchester City, is starting to catch the eye.

Marcello Trotte, Paul Digby and Ryan Williams are available again after international duty as Barnsley chase consecutive away day wins.

Chesterfield welcome back Armand Gnanduillet from his loan spell at Tranmere Rovers. Drew Talbot, Sam Hird and Aaron Chapman are all injured whilst Georg Margreitter is nearing a return to action.

Sam Morsy will serve a one match suspension after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season at Crewe.

Premier League referee Andre Marriner, from the West Midlands, will take charge of the clash. Spireites beat Bournemouth the last time he officiated a match in Chesterfield in January 2012.