SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC v Doncaster Rovers match preview

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Chesterfield entertain fellow play-off contenders Doncaster Rovers at the Proact Stadium looking for a first win over their South Yorkshire rivals in almost a decade.

A late Tcham N’Toya goal saw the Spireites leave Belle Vue with all three points on that day in February 2005 and a similar outcome on Saturday would consolidate their position in the top six.

A 3-0 win over Crawley Town on Tuesday night moved Chesterfield in to the play-off picture while Doncaster occupy 11th spot in League One, six places and just three points behind Spireites in fifth.

Just four points separate ten teams from Oldham Athletic in 14th upwards, with Chesterfield at the top of that list. A run of four wins in six league games has seen the Spireites surge up the table.

Cup ambitions have taken centre-stage for a large part of January, culminating in a thrilling fourth round tie at Derby County last Saturday, but all focus remains on the league here on in.

A brace for top scorer Eoin Doyle against Crawley moved the striker on to 24 goals this season and he is expected to continue in attack alongside Armand Gnanduillet for the visit of Rovers.

Skipper Sam Morsy is the only doubt from midweek, when he picked up a dead leg and was substituted early in the second half, in a game which saw the return to action of Drew Talbot from injury.

New signing Byron Harrison will be in contention for his first appearance since joining from Cheltenham Town and Sam Hird will line up against his former employers for the first time since he left in 2012.

Doncaster, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last six. Their run began with an away win over top of the table Swindon Town before Christmas in one of three victories of late under Paul Dickov.

A postponed fixture with Bristol City last weekend meant a blank weekend for Rovers who go in to Saturday’s clash fresh having not played since drawing at home with Notts County on January 20.

Like Chesterfield, they have strengthened their squad this week with the addition of forward Uche Ikpeazu on loan from Watford while still awaiting international clearance for midfielder Abdul Razak to join.

Last time out

Chesterfield (4-4-2 Vs Crawley): Lee; Darikwa, Hird, Raglan, Jones; O’Shea, Morsy, Ryan, Clucas; Gnanduillet, Doyle

Doncaster (4-4-2 Vs Notts County): Bywater; Wabara, Butler, McCullough, Stevens; Coppinger, Keegan, Bennett, Forrester; Robinson, Tyson

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)