SPIREITES: Swindon Town v Chesterfield FC match preview

Scunthorpe vs Chesterfield - Gary Roberts  - Pic By: James Williamson
Scunthorpe vs Chesterfield - Gary Roberts - Pic By: James Williamson

Chesterfield travel to Swindon Town looking to continue a recent run of form which has seen the Spireites move to within a point of the play-offs.

Paul Cook’s side are nipping at the heels of the top six after just one defeat in their last nine - at home to fifth-placed Bradford City in December.

The Spireites will make the journey in good spirits following Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United in the third round of the FA Cup.

Sam Clucas’ extra-time brace set up a mouth-watering fourth round tie against Championship heavyweights and near neighbours Derby County on January 24.

While ticket sales continue to fly, with Chesterfield being handed 5,700 seats at the iPro, it is the league that dominates their thoughts at present.

Jimmy Ryan (groin) and Gary Roberts (ankle) are both injury doubts and are being carefully monitored ahead of the trip to Wiltshire.

Cook has named the same eleven for all four of his side’s fixtures this year in the space of 11 days and has been rewarded with three wins and a draw.

“Everyone’s chomping to play,” said Cook. “The games can’t come quick enough when it’s going well, legs become a little heavier when it’s not going well.”

Swindon, meanwhile, will be without midfielders Massimo Luongo and Yaser Kasim who are representing Australia and Iraq respectively at the Asian Cup.

Mark Cooper’s Robins moved back in to pole position in League One following a 3-0 win at Coventry City on Monday night - an eighth win in ten league matches.

Cooper predicted an entertaining game: “We’re certainly coming to play and I know Chesterfield will and it all adds up to a really good game of football.”

Swindon got the better of Chesterfield when the two teams met in the reverse fixture in October but it was far from plain sailing for the Robins.

Last time out

Swindon (Vs Coventry City 3-4-3): Foderingham; Stephens, N. Thompson, Turnbull; Byrne, L. Thompson, Gladwin, Toffolo; M Smith, Swift, A. Williams

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