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Crown Ground (ATT 1,586) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: E Ilderton

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Winnard: Back from suspension

Winnard: Back from suspension

Team news ahead of the New Year's Day clash between Accrington and Chesterfield at the Crown Ground.

Dean Winnard is set to return when Accrington host former boss Paul Cook.

Winnard sat out Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Rotherham having been sent off against Bradford on Boxing Day, but rookie defender Tom Eckersley is expected to make way having made his first league start at the weekend.

Cameron Belford will continue in goal having completed an emergency loan move from Bury in time to face the Millers.

Paul Rachubka serves the second game of a three-match suspension, while regular number one Ian Dunbavin is out with a shoulder injury.

Cook left Accrington after eight-and-a-half months in charge to succeed John Sheridan as Chesterfield boss in October.

Former assistant Leam Richardson took temporary charge before being confirmed as Cook's successor, but Stanley have won only three of 16 games under their current boss and have not won for nine matches in all competitions.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook will have leading scorer Jack Lester available again.

Cook, who left Stanley in October to take over at the Proact Stadium, has been without the experienced Lester for the last three matches due to suspension.

The eight-goal striker, 37, will be fresh and raring to go after sitting out the busy Christmas schedule and could start at the Crown Ground.

While Lester returns from suspension, on-loan Hull defender Conor Townsend begins a ban after the youngster was shown a straight red card during the 1-1 draw against Morecambe on Saturday.

Marc Richards was only fit enough for a place on the bench against the Shrimps after missing the Boxing Day win over York with the hamstring problem that forced him off just before half-time in the defeat at Southend on December 21.

He may join Lester in pushing for a recall on New Year's Day, while fellow strikers Scott Boden and Luis Boa Morte, defender Neal Trotman and midfielders Craig Clay and Mark Randall are also options for Cook.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39