Northampton Town Vs Chesterfield, Sat 23 Jan 2010

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Northampton manager Ian Sampson is expected to name an unchanged side for the third successive game when Chesterfield visit Sixfields.

Sampson has seen his side pick up back-to-back 2-0 away wins to quietly move to within six points of the Spireites - who occupy the final play-off place in League Two.

Adebayo Akinfenwa headed his 10th goal of the season in Wednesday night's 2-0 win at Macclesfield and will continue his promising striking partnership with Billy McKay.

Irish striker Stephen O'Flynn made his debut as a late replacement for Akinfenwa at the Moss Rose, but fellow new signings Luke Wilkinson and Kevin Thornton are still awaiting their first taste of action.

Striker Steve Guinan (hernia) and winger Liam Davis (foot) remain the only absentees as Sampson looks to extend the Cobblers' unbeaten run to seven games.

Defender Chris McCready will miss out after he joined Tranmere on loan for the remainder of the season.

Leading scorer Jack Lester, captain Ian Breckin and fellow defender Robert Page could be fit for Chesterfield.

Nine-goal striker Lester has been struggling with an ankle injury, Breckin missed the 1-0 home win over Torquay with a knock and Page was forced off against the Gulls.

The trio will train on Friday and Blues boss John Sheridan will make a decision about their inclusion ahead of the game.

Midfielder Frankie Artus goes straight into the squad after arriving on loan from Bristol City. Fellow loanees Barry Conlon - the matchwinner last weekend - and Dominic Green remain in contention after making their debuts against Torquay.

Wade Small has had a scan on his knee injury, and although no serious damage was revealed, the forward still requires some time to regain fitness.

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Frankie Artus
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