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PREVIEW: Exeter City

16 April 2018

The Spireites take on Paul Tisdale's high-flying Exeter City at St James' Park tomorrow night, 7.45pm, in their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture. Here's our big match preview.....

Tickets

Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and also online, supporters can purchase tickets on the day, though all prices will increase by £1.

A full list of prices (including increase) can be found below: -

Category Price
Adults £23
Senior (over 64) £20
Full-time student (with valid NUS/matriculation card) £20
U18s £10.50

Anyone with tickets from the original date of the fixture (Saturday, March 3), are advised that they will remain valid for this game.

Ambulant disabled fans are charged the appropriate age related price and an assistant receives a free ticket. Wheelchair disabled supporters are advised to contact Exeter's ticket office directly on 01392 411243 (option two/three) or via e-mail at reception@ecfc.co.uk

True Blue Travel is also available for this fixture, priced at £25 adults and £15 juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). Once again, anyone with tickets from the original fixture are advised that they are still valid. The coach departs the Proact at 1pm on Tuesday.

Team news

The Grecians are set to once again be without Jordan Moore-Taylor, Troy Brown, Craig Woodman, Ryan Harley and Lee Holmes for tomorrow night's rearranged clash.

Jack Lester has no new injury concerns ahead of the Grecians clash. Though he will once again be without long-term absentees Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry.

The Manager - Paul Tisdale 

Tisdale has now been in charge of the Grecians for over 12 years and is only behind Arsenal's Arsene Wenger in the list of longest-serving managers in English football. 

The 45-year-old sealed his place in Exeter folklore by securing back-to-back promotions from the Conference to League One between 2007-09 and has resisted opportunities from bigger clubs to stay at St James Park. 

And since dropping back down to League Two in 2012, Tisdale has been desperate to guide his side back into the third tier, coming closest last summer when they suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley. 

One to watch - Jake Taylor 

After initially spending various loan spells away from his first club Reading at the start of his career, Taylor has looked very settled since making St James Park his permanent home in January 2016. 

The left winger is one of Exeter's most creative players and has had a hand in seven goals so far this season. His link-up play with top scorer Jayden Stockley is also something to keep your eye out for. 

The 26-year-old, who has been capped at international level by Wales, does have an eye for goal himself too, finding the back of the net eight times in League Two so far this term. 

Head to head 

Chesterfield have enjoyed a fair amount of success against the Grecians down the years and haven't tasted defeat in the last five meetings between the two sides. 

Exeter - 10 (wins) 

Draws - 11 

Chesterfield - 22 (wins) 

Rewind the clock ten years and the Spireites enjoyed a fantastic trip to St James Park in October 2008. 

Goals from Jamie Ward, Jamie Winter, Alan Goodall, Darren Currie and a brace from now manager Jack Lester sealed a comprehensive 6-1 victory in League Two. Click on the link below to see the goals from that memorable day.

From the dugout

The loss to the Stags, made it just one point from the last 12 for the Spireites, and leaves them facing an uphill task in order to maintain their League Two status.

But despite that Lester is urging his players to keep believing that they can get out of the situation they find themselves in, starting at Exeter tomorrow night.

"We've had a look for a little and we'd hoped to pick up more points in the last couple of games, but it justs puts more onus on the games coming up," he said.

"But you have to have belief, you have to believe that you're going to do it. We're not playing Real Madrid, we're going to places where we're more than capable of winning. 

"You need a win to give everybody some belief, and that needs to come tomorrow night."

Can't get to St James' Park? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game. 

Across match day we'll have:

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds.

- Stats and reaction across the night on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Edged-out at Exeter

17 April 2018

Andy Kellett's fifth goal of the season gave Chesterfield hope late in the game at Exeter City on Tuesday night before they fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Jayden Stockley gave the Grecians the lead in the 39th minute, when he rose highest to head a cross from the right flank past Aaron Ramsdale and into the net.

The hosts then doubled their lead in the second half, when Alex Whitmore could only divert Hiram Boateng's cross into his own net in the 73rd minute. 

Substitute Joe Rowley then crossed to Kellett, who volleyed home in the 83rd minute, but it proved to be too little, too late, as Exeter held on for the victory.

Chesterfield started strongly but struggled throughout against the impressive Kane Wilson and Boateng, who was Man of the Match.

Jack Lester chose to ring the changes as five players returned to the starting XI following Saturday's defeat against Mansfield Town. In came Chris O’Grady, Louis Dodds, Bradley Barry, Sid Nelson and Whitmore as Zavon Hines, Ian Evatt, Drew Talbot, Jacob Brown and Kellett made way.

City came out strongly with Wilson and Boateng both showing early promise down the left; the resulting corner was claimed capably by Aaron Ramsdale.

Boateng continued to shine and fired a great ball into the box; Nelson got a vital touch to the second ball to clear the danger.

The Spireites pushed forward and won two successive flag kicks. Neither seriously threatened but the game had become more even.

From a free kick on the wing, Jake Taylor’s first time effort brought an alert save from Ramsdale and moments later he produced a similar quality stop from Stockley.

Frustratingly an off-side flag denied Kristian Dennis as he looked to poke home a quality ball from George Smith on the left.

Exeter had pace down both flanks and Boateng and Wilson combined well. Barry and Ramsdale kept things safe.

The deadlock was broken from a 38 min corner; the Spireites cleared initially but Stockley headed home from the ball played back in.

The Spireites had a couple of corners but failed to threaten as the home side eased safely to an interval lead.

As the second period resumed, the weather worsened but the Spireites looked determined and pushed forward from the kick off. Dodds did well to reach Dennis but his weak shot was saved easily and O’Grady had an effort blocked but the Grecians quickly pushed back.

Wilson tried his luck for the home side but his shot from distance flew high and wide.

Smith almost levelled just before the hour-mark after a bobbling ball came his way but his first time effort from close range brought an alert save from Christy Pym in the home goal.

Kellett replaced Robbie Weir for the Spireites’ first change.

Nelson twice headed clear from two quality Boateng crosses as the Grecians upped the tempo.

The pressure had been building and eventually it paid off. First, Ramsdale pulled off a super finger-tip save from Sweeney. From the resulting corner, Whitmore turned Boateng’s cross into his own net.

Exeter were in control and Boateng was denied as Barry blocked his goalbound effort.

Kellett passed to fellow sub Joe Rowley out wide and his ball back was powered firmly home by Kellett.

Taking the game to Exeter, Chesterfield pressed forward in numbers with Rowley making an immediate positive impression.

Five minutes added time was announced. A ball in from the wing from Barry forced a punch from Pym but there wasn’t time to threaten further.

Teams:

Exeter: Pym, Wilson, Sweeney, Storey, Croll, James, Tillson, Taylor, Boateng, Stockley, Simpson (Jay)

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Whitmore (Rowley), Nelson, Maguire, Barry, Weir (Kellett), Reed, Dodds, Smith, O'Grady (Brown), Dennis

Unused substitutes: Anyon, Talbot, McCourt, Hines

Referee: Brendan Malone

Attendance: 3,560 (134 Chesterfield fans)

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Ticket News

Exeter City Tickets on Sale Now

13 April 2018

Tickets for the rearranged match with Exeter City on Tuesday (April 17) are now on sale at the Proact ticket office and online.

The match at St James' Park kicks off at 7.45pm, and tickets are priced as follows: -

Category Price
Adults £22
Senior (over 64) £19
Full-time student (with valid NUS/matriculation card) £19
U18s £9.50

Anyone with tickets from the original date of the fixture (Saturday, March 3), are advised that they will remain valid for this game.

Supporters can also purchase tickets on the night of the game, though all categories will be subject to a £1 price increase.

Ambulant disabled fans are charged the appropriate age related price and an assistant receives a free ticket. Wheelchair disabled supporters are advised to contact Exeter's ticket office directly on 01392 411243 (option two/three) or via e-mail at reception@ecfc.co.uk

True Blue Travel is also available for this fixture, priced at £25 adults and £15 juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). Once again, anyone with tickets from the original fixture are advised that they are still valid. The coach departs the Proact at 1pm.

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