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Spireites travel too Oxford

Oxford United
vs.
Chesterfield

Kassam Stadium

16/03/2013

3-00

The Spireites will be looking to build on their win last Saturday against Bristol Rovers, when a brilliant 2nd half display earned them a 2-0 victory over the Pirates. Oxford have also hit form recently a 3-1 win at Torquay followed by a 1-0 home win against Barnet.

Vital Quotes:

Assistant Manager Micky Lewis told BBC Radio Oxford:'They've (Chesterfield) got some good players but have had some problems like we have and have not had a settled team.

'As we found out when we went up there they have players that can hurt you and I'm sure they will still be thinking they can get in the play-offs and will be coming here to win.'

Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:'Armand Gnanduillet is learning on the job so while there are aspects of his game that we want to improve he is doing well.

'We haven't had a good year.There's no hiding place at this club.

'I have an opportunity to create an environment here and I want that to be a winning one.

This is as stern a test as we could have. They've got threats all over the pitch and a great infrastructure but we must come back with three points.'

Oxford United Team News:

Oxford could welcome back striker Jon-Paul Pittman, who has been out since December with a dislocated shoulder.

Player to watch: Paul Constable

Striker Paul Constable has 12 goals and 9 assists to his name this season.

Chesterfield Team News:

Paul Cook has no new injury worries, right-back Drew Talbot and winger Tendayi Darikwa and Striker Marc Richards are all available.

Player to watch: Armand Gnanduillet

Armand Gnanduillet will be a real handful for the Oxford defence, although he is still very much a raw he makes for in his in enthusiasm and hunger, he never stops running wins most headers in the air and not afraid to take people on.

Match Facts & Stats

Based on the first half of the season Oxford were vulnerable to shots from long distance, they conceded 11 goals. They also conceded 9 goals from corners the most in the league.

The Spireites away record at Oxford is won 3, drawn 3 lost 5.

Ref Watch:

Darren Bond is in charge of this match a first year ref he refereed the Spireites game at York City, booking 4 players the match ended 2-2.

Match Prediction:

I think it will be closely contended 1-1 draw.

Next Fixtures:

Torquay away this Tuesday the rearranged game that was cancelled earlier in the season due to waterlogged pitch.


Writer:Deano The Spireite
Date:Saturday March 16 2013
Time: 8:35AM

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2 Bolton 38 21 9 8 72 26
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6 Southend 38 16 12 10 60 11
7 Millwall 37 16 12 9 60 9
8 Bristol Rovers 39 15 12 12 57 0
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