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PREVIEW: Notts County

11 August 2017

The Spireites are back on their travels tomorrow, when they make the short trip to Meadow Lane to take on Notts County in a Sky Bet League Two clash (3pm). Here is our match preview.....


Tickets are available to purchase at the Proact ticket office until 2pm today (Friday, August 11), however they are now unavailable on the online ticket office.

Supporters also have the option of purchasing their tickets at Meadow Lane on the day of the game.

There are no cash turnstiles at the ground, so fans are advised to purchase in advance to ensure they can enter the stadium in time for kick-off.

There is a cash-only away supporter ticket office situated at the Meadow Lane end of the Jimmy Sirrel stand, but there are only two windows available at this ticket office.

There is also an additional £2 to pay for tickets purchased on the day.

Prices for the match are as follows (subject to no price increase): -

• Adults - £20
• Concessions (Young adult 18-21 and seniors aged 60 and above) - £14
• Under 18 - £7
• Under 16 - £5
• Under 12 - £1* must be sold/accompanied by a full paying adult/senior
• Under 7 – FREE
• Ambulant & Wheelchair Disabled – Price relevant to age band
• Carer – Free of charge for persons on higher or medium rate of DLA or equivalent PIP

Team News

Notts County manager, Kevin Nolan, admits that he’ll have to monitor his squad, after their midweek Carabao Cup tie with Scunthorpe United went the distance, with the Magpies eventually losing 6-5 on penalties.

Former Spireite Dan Jones missed the match on Tuesday night, but could come back into the reckoning on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Spireites boss Gary Caldwell, will welcome back captain Ian Evatt to the squad after he missed Tuesday night’s cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday due to suspension.

Jordan Sinnott will be monitored after suffering a thigh injury in last Saturday’s opener with Grimsby Town, while Jerome Binnom-Williams and Joe Rowley are still unavailable.

The opposition


Following a spell as player-manager of Leyton Orient, Nolan was appointed Notts County boss in January 2017, and led the Magpies to a 16th place finish last term.

A former England U18 and U21 international, Nolan is best known for a playing career which spanned over 600 games and took in 111 goals for Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United.

One to watch

Jonathan Stead

Stead joined the club from Bradford City in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer, in his two seasons with the Magpies, he’s finished as the team’s top goal scorer.

Now 34, Stead has enjoyed a lengthy playing career which has seen him play in all four divisions for the likes of Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland.

Head to Head

From the 66 competitive meetings between the two clubs, it’s the Magpies who hold the better record with seven more victories, the full record is as follows: -

• Chesterfield - 20 (wins)
• Draws - 19
• Notts County - 27 (wins)

The Spireites recent record at Meadow Lane is a decent one however, with three wins from their last five visits, the last of which came in February 2015, where a Caolan Lavery strike secured a 1-0 win.

From the dugout

Spireites boss, Gary Caldwell, knows that away games in League Two are not easy, with the trip to Meadow Lane being no different.

He said: “They’re a physical team and it’s going to be a difficult game as all the games in League Two will be.

“They gave a spirited performance in midweek and were unlucky not to win at Scunthorpe, which is a difficult place to go.

“So they’ll be buoyed by that and I’m sure that in playing their first home game of the season they’ll have a big backing, it’ll be a tough game.”

Can't get to Meadow Lane? 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 weekend on the official site

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Match Reports

REPORT: Ten-man Spireites Suffer Defeat at Meadow Lane

12 August 2017

Ten-man Chesterfield lost out to Notts sub Jorge Grant's looping header on the hour and his last kick of the game free-kick after a foul by Sam Hird, the hosts gaining a man advantage after Scott Wiseman picked up a red card just before the break.

The Spireites had chances but fewer than Notts carved out as they slipped to a third straight season starting defeat.

Ian Evatt returned to the side following his one match-ban - Laurence Maguire made way - whilst Robbie Weir replaced Jak McCourt in the engine room. Gary Caldwell started the game with his side lining up with three at the back plus wing-backs and three in attack.

County included former Spireite Dan Jones at left-back whilst experienced striker Jon Stead, who went into the game with six goals in seven career appearances against Chesterfield, lined up alongside the equally experienced Shola Ameobi.

Chesterfield's last five league visits to Meadow Lane have all featured just a single goal, with three home wins to two always; you have to go back to 1999, when the Magpies won 2-0, to find the last occasion where either side bagged more than one in a points bearing fixture.

With both sides looking for their first points of the season, the game started in bright sunshine with Kristian Dennis whipping in an early cross for ex-County loanee Chris O'Grady, but his header skidded well wide.

County earned the first corner after Joe Anyon failed to hold a ball in from a free-kick but he made amends with a strong punch away from the resulting flag-kick on the right.

Robbie Weir blocked well as Notts enjoyed their first sustained attacking spell and Sam Hird deflected an Ameobi shot for a corner that the rearguard dealt with well. The same player failed to collect cleanly from a fine left wing ball in.

Wiseman tackled well but at the expense of a corner that saw Dennis head away ahead of a counter that saw Dennis have a shot blocked and Louis Reed drive the rebound just wide.

Evatt headed a long throw out for County's fourth corner, O'Grady cleared it and then cleared again from the next throw, starting a break that, off the ball, saw Gozie Ugwu make contact with Elliott Hewitt to pick up a yellow, much to the annoyance of the home contingent.

Reed slipped to allow Ameobi in but Hird mad a fine block for another corner as Notts continue to enjoy the majority of possession and territory, but the set play came to nothing.

O'Grady fed Ugwu but his cross in was cleared and moments later Ugwu was put in behind the County line but keeper Adam Collin won the one-on-one battle from the game's first real opening with 34 minutes played.

Anyon then denied Lewis Alessandra with a diving save and the keeper again had to be alert from the corner to gather in Hewitt's shot. Hird cleared off the line from Yates and from the second phase of the corner, Anyon saved from Stead as County stepped up a gear again.

Hird whipped in a cross that just eluded Ugwu and with half time approaching, for the second weekend in a row, Chesterfield were reduced to ten. Wiseman baulked Hawkridge just outside the box with the ball seemingly destined for Anyon but referee Haines deemed the action to have denied Notts a goalscoring opportunity and the red card was held aloft.

Ugwu escaped a second yellow but had a stiff lecture from the ref after a foul in stoppage time of what was Chesterfield's first 45 minutes of the season without a goal being conceded.

Unsurprisingly, given the yellow card, Ugwu was withdrawn at the break with Maguire coming on.

Within a minute of the restart, Barry found Donohue but he hesitated slightly and saw his right footed shot blocked. Reed was booked for a late challenge on Jones.

Hewitt felled Barry a few from the 30-yard free-kick but Donohue's low delivery didn't fall for Dennis who was the intended recipient. Chesterfield were looking the busier side despite their numerical disadvantage but picking the right final ball was eluding the visitors.

Anyon punched two balls in clear as Notts revived but he was beaten on the hour by a looping header from sub Grant, just seven minutes after his introduction.

Evatt erred on the halfway line and let Stead in but Anyon rescued the situation with a low save and the corner was overhit by County.

Delial Brewster replaced Dennis and almost instantly drove a 20-yarder within inches of the upright and he saw another box- edge effort blocked after O'Grady flicked on and he headed on target, albeit weakly, from a Barry cross.

Anyon denied Hawkridge five minutes from time as Chesterfield went 3-3-3 in a bid to find some reward from the game.

Five minutes of added time saw Reed's free-kick bundled clear but Kevin Nolan's Magpies negotiated the task well and added to their tally right at the end with Grant's 20-yard free kick to register their first points of the season.

Notts: Collin, Tootle (Walker 83), Duffy, Yates, Jones, Alessandra (Grant 53), Hewitt, Brisley, Hawkridge, Stead (Forte 76), Ameobi. Subs (not used): Fitzsimons, Hollis, Hunt, Milsom.

Goals: Grant 60, 90+7

Chesterfield: Anyon, Wiseman, Evatt, Hird, Donohue, Barry, Weir (Mitchell 83), Reed, Dennis (Brewster 73), Ugwu (Maguire 46), O'Grady. Subs (not used): Lee, Sinnott, Wakefield, McCourt.

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)

Bookings: Ugwu, Reed, Weir, Hird (Chesterfield), Grant (Notts)

Sent-off: Wiseman (Chesterfield) 44 mins

Attendance: 7,021 (1,328 from Chesterfield)

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