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PREVIEW: CHESTERFIELD (A)

23 October 2015

The Iron face a trip to Chesterfield on Saturday and will be hoping to bounce back after defeat at Gillingham.

A late goal saw United slip to a 2-1 loss, despite having impressed for large periods against the League One table toppers.

Chesterfield head into the clash on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Southend United and are ninth, four points off the play-offs.

Just like the Iron, they have won three out of their last four, so Saturday’s game should be an interesting encounter.

The Spireites will hope to push for promotion once again after suffering heartbreak in the play-offs last season, losing to Preston in the semi-finals.



Mark Robins has no new injury worries ahead of the trip to Chesterfield, so may call upon the same side that performed well at Gillingham.

Luke Williams returned to first team action from the bench and will continue to push for a return to the starting line-up.

Stephen Dawson remains out, but Jamie Ness, Darius Henderson and Niall Canavan are nearing a return to action.



Chesterfield pounced in the summer to sign highly experienced striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and it appears to be an inspired signing.

The 29-year-old has already netted five times this season, and looks to have put a few disappointing seasons behind him.

He started out at Manchester United, although he found first team opportunities hard to come by, leading to a successful loan spell at Royal Antwerp.

That helped him earn a move to Plymouth, where he became a fan favourite in his one and a half year spell at the club.

His goals for Plymouth prompted Wolves to activate his £1.5m buyout clause to bring him to the Midlands, and he continued his goal scoring form.

Ebanks-Blake’s goals helped to earn Wolves promotion and consolidate their Premier League place before his departure in 2013.

Short spells at Ipswich and Preston followed until Chesterfield came calling in the summer, and he hit the ground running for his new side.



The Iron emerged victorious in the last encounter between the sides, winning 2-0 at Glanford Park in the fifth clash of the season between the clubs.

Niall Canavan nodded the Iron ahead just before the hour mark, with Paddy Madden adding a second three minutes from time.

The result moved Mark Robins’ side up to 15th in the table, but with a game in hand on those around them and only four points off the top six.

The last time the Iron went to the Proact Stadium in the league, the hosts ran out 4-1 winners as Eoin Doyle grabbed three goals to condemn United to defeat.



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