9:30am Saturday 21st September 2013
By David Pritchard
CHRIS Wilder has called on Oxford United's supporters to make the difference in this afternoon's top-of-the-table clash with Chesterfield.
A crowd in excess of 7,000 is expected at the Kassam Stadium to watch Sky Bet League Two’s fastest starters go head-to-head.
There is plenty of incentive for both, knowing victory would leave them as the division’s only side with an unbeaten record.
Title favourites Chesterfield arrive four points clear and at full strength, while their hosts are hampered by injuries.
But Wilder believes the support can help swing the balance in United's favour.
“We have to use all the advantages we can muster to help us get a victory,” he said.
“The support have got a massive part to play. “Every team we play, if they are going to get something from the game, they are going to have to work harder than us.
“It’s not just about them having to go through the team.
“I want them to have to go through the whole club, which includes the support. “There’s no motivation needed for my players, they have been looking forward to it since the final whistle went last week.”
David Hunt is raring to go and thinks Chesterfield will go into the game thinking a draw would be a good result.
The full back said: “We are at home, so have the advantage and we are going to make sure we come at them and give it our best. “I doubt they will come flying out of the traps.
“If they do it will be an entertaining game, but I would think they are going to come here and be happy with a point.”
Skipper Jake Wright (groin) and James Constable (foot) are joined on the sidelines by Tyrone Marsh, who picked up an ankle injury playing for the development team in midweek.
But United have been boosted by the return of winger Sean Rigg, who is expected to be on the bench five weeks after tearing a hamstring.
Chesterfield’s strength in depth is shown by the fact Ian Evatt, who captained Blackpool in the Premier League three seasons ago, has only been an unused substitute so far.
Their only absentee is defender Nathan Smith (ankle), so they could be unchanged from the side which beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 a week ago.
Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Mullins, Newey, Davies, Whing, Rose, Hall, Potter, Kitson, Smalley, Rigg, Williams, O’Dowda, Ruffels, Bevans, Jalal.
Lee, Talbot, Hird, Cooper, Humphreys, Morsy, Ryan, Darikwa, O’Shea, Roberts, Richards, McSheffrey, Evatt, Edwards, Togwell, Doyle, Gnanduillet, Banks.
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