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Chesterfield v Posh: Match Preview

23 December 2014

Posh head to the Proact Stadium to face Chesterfield on Boxing Day.

Peterborough United make the journey to the Proact Stadium on Boxing Day to face Chesterfield (3pm) in Sky Bet League One action.

It will be the first time the two sides have met since the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley Stadium when goals from Josh McQuoid, Shaun Brisley and Britt Assombalonga earned Darren Ferguson's men a 3-1 victory.

Joe Newell was sent off that day, but returns from a one-match suspension to boost the Posh options ahead of the clash with the Spireites. Marcus Maddison remains a doubt while Jon Taylor and Jack Baldwin remain sidelined.

Kgosi Ntlhe and Gabriel Zakuani are doubts after picking up knocks in the 1-0 home defeat to Preston North End, with Michael Smith standing by to fill in at left-back should the South African miss out.

Chesterfield have recalled Ollie Banks from a loan spell at Northampton Town to increase their options with skipper Sam Morsy suspended. Top scorer Eoin Doyle has been nursing a hamstring injury of late, but could return to the starting line-up.

Ferguson believes Chesterfield have adjusted well to life in League One: 'I watched Chesterfield at MK Dons and they were outstanding. They were excellent against us in the JPT final and I had no doubts they would do well at this level and so it has proved.

'It is a big Christmas for us. We have two games in quick succession and we know that if we come out of the festive period with momentum it will set us up nicely for the New Year. They are two difficult games (Doncaster on 28th at the ABAX Stadium), but we go into them on the back of a decent showing against Preston.

'I am sure we will take a good following to Chesterfield and the fans were superb in the last away game at Leyton Orient and again against Preston. We appreciate that support,' Ferguson said.

Fans wishing to go to the Proact Stadium can pay on the day at Chesterfield with the initial batch of 500 tickets selling out at the Box Office. There is no price increase on the day.


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