SPIREITES: MK Dons v Chesterfield FC match preview (FA Cup Round Two)

Crawley vs Chesterfield - Paul cook giving out orders - Pic By James Williamson
Crawley vs Chesterfield - Paul cook giving out orders - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield travel to fellow League One side MK Dons on Saturday looking to reach the third round of the FA Cup for just the second time in 17 years.

The Spireites have been long overdue a good run in the prestigious competition since competing in a memorable semi-final against Middlesbrough in 1997.

Chesterfield have fallen at the second hurdle in the previous two seasons, under the guidance of Paul Cook, who will be hoping it’s third time lucky.

Cook’s side go in to the tie off the back of an unbeaten month of November, which saw the Spireites hit Braintree Town for six in the first round.

The win at Cressing Road, against Conference Premier opposition, gave Chesterfield a timely shot in the arm having gone almost 360 minutes without scoring.

Fast forward four weeks and the mood around the Proact Stadium has lifted a little with a derby day victory over Barnsley and two draws on the road.

Eoin Doyle scored twice in that game and he has been subject of speculation this week with Millwall and Bristol City at the front of the queue come January.

A return of 28 goals this calender year, with December’s flurry of festive football ahead, the Irish predator has the 30-goal barrier in his sights.

Saturday’s opponents MK Dons are not short of goals themselves, with Karl Robinson’s side the highest scorers in the league to date, with 39.

A sequence of four wins and a draw in November has seen Robinson shortlisted for the manager of the month accolade, the winner announced on Friday morning.

MK Dons squeezed past Port Vale in the first round of the competition with Benik Afobe, on loan from Arsenal, scoring twice in a 4-3 success at Vale Park.

Afobe has enjoyed the cup competitions this season, finding the back of the net nine times in six ties across the JP Trophy, League Cup and FA Cup.

He has just as many goals in the league, including the winner in a 1-0 win over Chesterfield in August at the Proact, for an MK Dons side third in the table.

They made it to the third round of the competition last year and both sides will be keen to be in the hat for the draw on Monday (December 8) night.