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Alexander hoping Town maintain good form on Saturday

26 February 2015

Cod Army currently eighth in League One

Manager Graham Alexander is hoping his side can make it two wins on the bounce when they travel to Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Cod Army came from behind to beat Notts County at Highbury last weekend, with the win moving them up to eighth position in League One.

Strikers Liam McAlinden and David Ball were Town’s goalscorers against County, and the boss wants to see the pair continue their good form.

Paul Cook’s Chesterfield have lost their last four league games on the bounce and will be looking to turn their fortunes around at the Proact Stadium.

They were beaten by a single goal at Rochdale last time out, but still sit in 10th and are only two points behind Alexander’s side.

He said: “We had a lot of games against Chesterfield last season in the league and the JPT and we know they’re a very good team.

“We’ve had some good games against them in the past, and I know from our side that we’re looking forward to the game.

“They lost the lad Doyle who had scored an awful lot of goals for them this season, but they’re more than a one man team and have a lot of good players.

“They’re a very good passing football team and we know what they like to play so it should be a good game of football.”

The Cod Army will be without left back Stephen Crainey for the visit to North Derbyshire as he picked up two yellow cards last weekend.

“Crains is suspended for two games because this is his second red card of the season which is disappointing, but we’ve got a couple of options to go with.

“We haven’t decided who will play yet but when we settle on a team we’ll plan as best as we can and get the lads ready for the game.

“The lads are feeling good about themselves because they’re competing well, but we’ve got to keep it going from now until the end of the season.”

Alexander was full of praise for his first team strikers after last week’s showing, but is also excited by the talent emerging from the development squad.

“Apart from Dobs it’s a very young group of strikers, so you can’t expect them to come in and score 15-20 goals a season.

“We do believe in the potential of the strikers and we all think they can contribute for us this season.

“At the moment, Bally and Liam are in the driving seat and both scored last week which was excellent.”

The travelling Cod Army will be in familiar surroundings on Saturday having visited the Proact Stadium twice last season.

“We have a loyal group of followers who are vocal at every ground we go to, and they always give us their backing.

“Even if we were playing in front of one man and his dog, we’d still have to give him maximum effort because that’s what football is about.

“Chesterfield have got a recent history with us after the amount of games we’ve played as of late, and we’ve become rivals so I’m sure the supporters are looking forward to it.”

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