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PREVIEW: CHESTERFIELD (H)

18 March 2016

The Iron host Chesterfield on Saturday and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Nick Daws' side drew 2-2 in their last outing, conceding late on to Shrewsbury after coming from behind to lead.

United have only lost one of their last ten matches, and come up against a Chesterfield side that is in a similar good run of form.

They have suffered only one defeat in their last six, which came in their last match against Walsall, when they lost 4-1.

Chesterfield have had a disappointing campaign after making the play-offs last season, but find themselves just four points ahead of the bottom four.

A win for the Spireites could help them pull clear of the drop zone, while an Iron victory may close the gap on the top six.



Nick Daws is likely to have captain Stephen Dawson back for the visit of Chesterfield, with the midfielder back in training.

Defender Scott Wiseman will miss out though as he is set to undergo surgery to remove a bone growth, which will probably rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Sean McAllister is also out after picking up an ankle knock in training.




Lee Novak has been prolific for the Spireites since his loan move from Championship side Birmingham in the summer.

He has managed to find the net 13 times in his 26 games in all competitions, proving to be a vital part of the Chesterfield side.

Novak started out at Gretna, before moving to his hometown to join non-league side Newcastle Blue Star, where he prolific.

That spell earned him a move to Gateshead, where he spent a season, before he moved to Huddersfield Town in 2009.

The striker forged a good partnership with Jordan Rhodes at the Terriers and was part of their side that gained promotion to the Championship.

Novak left for Birmingham in 2013, but fell out of favour since the arrival of Gary Rowett as manager, leading to his loan move to Chesterfield.



The Iron beat Chesterfield on their visit to Glanford Park last season, winning 2-0 in February 2015.

After a goalless first half, Niall Canavan put the Iron into the lead just before the hour mark.

It looked like that would be the only goal of the game, until Paddy Madden made the game safe with a few minutes remaining.

The win was a boost to the Iron's bid to stay in League One, while Chesterfield finished the season in the top six, before losing to Preston in the play-offs. 



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