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Warm-up - Chesterfield

19 April 2013

Having set out eight months ago with a 0-0 result against Torquay, Fleetwood Town's end their home campaign with a visit to Highbury from ninth-placed Chesterfield.

By David Mitchell

Having set out eight months ago with a 0-0 result against Torquay, Fleetwood Town's end their home campaign with a visit to Highbury from ninth-placed Chesterfield.

Chesterfields's away record would suggest another low scoring encounter as their goals total on the road (18) is the second lowest in the npower League 2 as is their goals conceded (20). Both sides play-off hopes are hanging by a thread and their fate will likely have been decided by other results at Bradford or Exeter come five 'o' clock. Town manager, Graham Alexander, was heartened by an improved performance at Rotherham last Saturday and is keen to pick end the season with two victories, certain longer-standing players looking to settle a score at Wimbledon on the last day after their Conference play-off defeat two years ago: 'We went into the Rotherham game looking for a response in terms of commitment and energy and we got that. I showed faith in players who have served me well in my time at the club and they responded in the right manner in a big occasion against a big club aiming for promotion. Our response to the early setback pleased me.  The travelling support was felt and really appreciated and I thought that the result was a little harsh on the players.' 'Our response to that must be to give 100 % this Saturday and ensure we take a winning mentality into the game.  This is something that has to be there week in, week out. Wins in the last two games would have put us right up there.  A few teams are clinging on in hope of a slip up amongst the teams just above and ourselves and Chesterfield are in that group.' 'It's going to be a challenge.  Chesterfield play good football and I know Paul Cook from his time at Burnley and his Accrington Stanley days as manager.  Paul likes his teams to get the football down and play attractively.' 'In training we have worked on ensuring the right mental approach in the first few minutes after conceding early in several recent games. We need to be solid from the start and take no chances.' Full-back Shaun Beeley is in contention despite suffering cramp last week: 'Beels will be in the squad,' said Alexander,'and we hope to be able to select from a pretty full complement of players.  A couple of the lads had knocks at the start of the week but were back in training by Thursday.  Youl Mawene and Dean Howell are still definitely out while Jon Parkin has been signed off for a week with a chest infection.' Former Chesterfield manager, John Sheridan, returned to haunt his former side on Tuesday, Plymouth winning 2-1 at the Proact Stadium.  Current manager Cook said that his players didn't turn up for their 'biggest game of the season'. Chesterfield have won four out of their last six games away and expect to bring up to 1500 supporters to Highbury.  The Spireites will have revenge on their mind after Town's 2-1 victory away in October. The Torquay attendance on day one, 3624, remains the highest league attendance at Highbury this season and with the large travelling support and the promise of a good forecast a new season's best would be a fine way to end the home campaign in Town's momentous first season as a Football League club. Supporters are reminded the Parkside ticket office is open until 5pm on Friday and from 9am until kick-off on Saturday. Or call 0843 515 3832. Young Fleetwood Town supporters may apply for a free ticket at the club shop or by filling in this form. 

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