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PREVIEW: Sheffield Wednesday

7 August 2017

The Spireites make the short trip to Hillsborough tomorrow night (7.45pm), to take on Sheffield Wednesday in the first round of the Carabao Cup, here is our match preview...............

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase online or at the Proact ticket office until 12pm tomorrow (Tuesday, August 8).

Supporters are also advised that tickets can be purchased on the night from 6.30pm onwards, at the cash turnstiles located in Hillsborough’s West Stand Upper.

The prices are as follows:

Adults: £15
Over 65s/U21: £10
Under-17s: £5

Spireites Team News

Manager Gary Caldwell has confirmed that Kristian Dennis will be available for the Spireites, after he suffered a dead leg in Saturday’s match with Grimsby Town.

Jordan Sinnott however, will miss the match due to a thigh injury, while Ian Evatt also misses the match, as he serves a one-match following his sending off late on in the Grimsby fixture.

The opposition

Head coach

Experienced Owls boss, Carlos Carvahal, took over the reins at Hillsborough in 2015 and has led Wednesday to the Sky Bet Championship playoffs during his two seasons with the club.

Prior to managing Wednesday, the Portuguese has managed in three different countries with clubs such as Sporting Club Lisbon (Portugal), Besiktas (Turkey) and Asteros Tripoli (Greece).

One to watch

Fernando Forestieri

Italian striker Fernando Forestieri, joined the Owls from Premier League side Watford in August 2015 and has scored 27 goals for the club during that time, he was also voted the club’s player of the season after his debut campaign.

Prior to playing in England, the 27-year-old has had spells at Italian clubs Siena, Vicenza, Empoli, Bari and Udinese, as well as Spanish side Malaga during his career.

Head to Head

The Spireites record with the Owls is as follows: -

• Chesterfield - 12 (wins)
• Draws - 10
• Sheffield Wednesday - 13 (wins)

Tomorrow’s match at Hillsborough will be the first time that the two clubs have met in the entirety of the competition.

From the dugout

Caldwell knows that the Spireites go into tomorrow’s fixture as underdogs, but he feels that his team can pull off an upset.

He said: “It’s a big challenge, it’s a big stadium and they are a good side with a massive squad and strength in depth. 

“We’ll have to be at our best to win and I believe we can win, the players believe that too!

"If we can continue Saturday’s form and wipe out the mistakes I’m sure we’ll cause them problems.”

Can't get to Hillsborough? 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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Spireites Lose in Carabao Cup

8 August 2017

Chesterfield suffered a 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup after taking the lead through a Kristian Dennis penalty. The hosts hit back with goals from Steven Fletcher, Gary Hooper, Barry Bannan and Sam Hutchinson.

Manager Gary Caldwell made four changes to his starting line-up with summer signings Bradley Barry and Jak McCourt making their full debuts for the Spireites. There were also recalls for Laurence Maguire and Kristian Dennis, who came off the bench to score in the opening day defeat at home to Grimsby Town.

Skipper Ian Evatt missed the game through suspension after being sent-off on Saturday while Jordan Sinnott was ruled-out through injury with Charlie Wakefield and Robbie Weir named among the substitutes.

The home side were the first to threaten when Gary Hooper fired over from just outside the area after receiving the ball from Sam Hird’s mis-placed pass.

Joe Anyon then came to Chesterfield’s rescue with a double save to deny Steven Fletcher.

Hird stretched to cut out Adam Reach’s low cross from the left as the hosts continued to press.

Chesterfield’s first effort came from Gozie Ugwu, who cut in from the left before putting a rising shot over.

Anyon was called into action again, comfortably saving a 25-yard effort from Reach.

Wallace tried his luck from distance, putting his shot wide of Anyon’s left-hand post.

In Wednesday’s next attack, Fletcher failed to direct his header on target, heading over.

Former Spireites loanee Jack Hunt made a darting run into the right-hand side of the area, but Hird was well-placed to intercept his pull-back and clear the danger.

Barry Bannan was the next to fire in a long-range shot, putting his effort over.

The Spireites took the lead very much against the run of play. When Chris O’Grady challenged for the ball from a Dennis cross, Daniel Pudil was adjudged to have handled the ball and referee Ross Joyce awarded a penalty which was calmly despatched by Dennis (38).

Wednesday equalised just five minutes later when Almen Abdi’s deflected cross was finished by Hooper at the near post.

In first-half stoppage time, the home side took the lead when Hunt’s cross from the right was met by a thumping far post header from Fletcher.

Just after the re-start, Bannan put a 20-yard effort over.

At the other end, McCourt played a good ball to Dion Donohue who looked to find Dennis with a low cross from the left, but keeper Joe Wildsmith was off his line smartly to claim.

There was a chance for the Spireites just after the hour-mark when Louis Reed found the unmarked Dennis and the striker’s shot from the edge of the area was turned over by Wildsmith.

There was another opening moments later when Ugwu slipped a great ball through to O’Grady who advanced into the right-hand side of the area before trying a shot which hit the side netting.

It was a good spell for the Spireites with Dennis seeing his shot turned wide by Wildsmith after playing a one-two with Donohue and Reed then firing wide.

Reed also shot well over from just outside the area as Chesterfield continued to press forward in search of an equaliser.
It was the hosts who scored, however, to virtually kill off Chesterfield’s hopes of staging a revival.

Bannan (75) made a strong run through the heart of the defence and produced a fine finish.

Substitute Sam Winnall threatened moments later with a low shot which was touched wide by Anyon.

Hutchinson (83) added a fourth after bursting into the box and firing past Anyon.

O’Grady fired then fired in a thumping drive which was well saved by Wildsmith.

Spireites line-up: Anyon, Barry, Wiseman, Hird, Maguire, Donohue, Reed, McCourt, Dennis (Brewster 69), O’Grady (Mitchell 90), Ugwu (German 80).

Unused substitutes: Lee, McGinn, Wakefield & Weir.

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