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PREVIEW: Crewe Alexandra

24 December 2017

The Spireites are back in action on Boxing Day, looking for a fourth consecutive Sky Bet League Two home victory when they take on Crewe Alexandra at the Proact, 3pm. Here’s our match preview……………

Reminder

Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.

Tickets

Supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, with the Proact ticket office being open from 9am until kick off.

A full list of prices can be found here.

Team news

The Spireites will be without captain Ian Evatt, who had to withdraw from Saturday’s match with Stevenage due to a knee injury. There is better news however for Robbie Weir, who is expected to return after missing the match at the Lamex Stadium due to tonsillitis.

Jack Lester will also be without injury victims Joe Anyon, Bradley Barry, Laurence Maguire, Jordan Sinnott, Jordan Flores and Gozie Ugwu for the clash with the Railway Men.

Crewe on the other hand have no new injury worries ahead of the clash with Town.

Manager – David Artell

Artell took over the reins at the Alexandra Stadium in January, following the departure of Steve Davis. Prior to taking charge of the first team, Artell held the post of operations manager in the club’s academy.

After a promising start to the campaign – including a 5-1 win over the Spireites in September – the Alex currently find themselves in 20th position in League Two, three places above Town, with three more points.

As a player, Artell played for 11 clubs across an 18-year career, including 82 appearances for Crewe – whom he captained to League One promotion in 2012.

Towards the latter stages of his career, Artell earned seven caps for Gibraltar, one of which came against world champions, Germany.

One to watch – George Cooper

Left sided midfielder Cooper came through the club’s academy, making his first team debut in the 2014/15 season.

Since that time the 21-year-old has gone on to establish himself in the Alex first team and so far this campaign he has one goal and nine assists to his name. His solitary strike came against Town at the Alexandra Stadium in September.

Cooper possesses quality from set pieces and his performances for the Railway Men have seen him attract interest from clubs in higher divisions.

Head to head

Overall there have been 83 matches between the two sides, with the Spireites holding the advantage. The record between the two teams is as follows:

Chesterfield – 41 (wins).

Draws - 14.

Crewe - 28 (wins).

Town won the last league fixture between the two clubs at the Proact 3-1 in February 2016, thanks to goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Lee Novak and Connor Dimaio. Zoumana Bakayogo netted for the Alex

From the dugout

Following Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Stevenage, Lester has urged his injury-ravaged squad to pull together and give the Town faithful something to cheer about on Boxing Day.

“It’ll be a strong challenge,” he said. “But we’re the home team and we’ll take the game to them.”  

Can't get to the Proact? 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

Defeat Against Crewe

26 December 2017

Chesterfield slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra with both goals coming in the first half.

It was an improved second-half performance from the Spireites but they were unable to find a way back into the game.

With Ian Evatt suffering an injury in Saturday’s defeat at Stevenage, manager Jack Lester handed a place to Robbie Weir who was missing at the weekend due to illness.

Crewe took a seventh minute lead when Chris Porter found himself in plenty of space on the left wing and delivered a low cross which appeared to be turned into his own net by Jerome Binnom-Williams, under pressure from Chris Dagnall.

Soon after, Jak McCourt had Chesterfield’s first effort of note, sending a 20-yard shot narrowly wide.

Joe Rowley then had a shot blocked inside the area and the loose ball was collected by Weir whose long-range effort went just over.

The visitors extended their lead in the 26th minute when Charlie Kirk’s shot from a tight angle took a deflection on its way into the net.

Chris O’Grady put a header on target but it was no problem for keeper Ben Garratt.

Top scorer Kristian Dennis then threatened on the right-hand side of the area and his shot was blocked by a defender who turned the ball wide.

Weir, who was clearly struggling, made way in the 35th minute with Conor Dimaio taking his place in midfield.

Dennis also fired straight at Garratt with an effort from the edge of the area while O’Grady put a shot on the turn wide.

In the latter stages of the half, Jake Eastwood made a fine save from Dagnall, diving to his right to turn the ball round the post.

Early in the second half, Dimaio saw his firm drive blocked.

Then, from an Andy Kellett cross, Rowley’s diving header hit Dennis, who was on the ground.

Rowley then fired in a shot which appeared to be deflected wide, but the referee awarded a goal-kick.

Rowley’s driven cross was met by Dennis who was unable to keep his header down.

Former Spireite Jordan Bowery posed a threat after coming on as a substitute. He burst into the area after getting on the end of a long ball before blasting his effort wide and then had a low shot parried by Eastwood.

The final effort of the match fell to Dennis whose shot was saved by Garratt after a lay-off from substitute Diego De Girolamo.

Chesterfield: Eastwood, Wiseman, Hird, Binnom-Williams, Weir (Dimaio 36), Kellett, Reed, McCourt, Rowley, O’Grady (De Girolamo 83), Dennis

Unused substitutes: Mitchell, Wakefield, German, Parkin, Ofoegbu

Crewe: Garratt, Ng, Raynes, Nolan, Bakayogo, Grant, Lowery, Ainley (Pickering 73), Kirk (Cooper 79), Porter (Bowery 65), Dagnall

Unused substitutes: Walker, Richards, Reilly, Stubbs

Attendance: 5,904 (338)

 

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Ticket News

Crewe Alexandra Tickets Now on Sale

13 December 2017

Tickets for the Spireites' Boxing Day Sky Bet League Two fixture at the Proact with Crewe Alexandra (3pm), are now available at the ticket office and online.

Adult prices for the match with the Railway Men start from £20, a full list of prices can be found here.

Help us to #PacktheProact by purchasing your tickets now online, at the ticket office or via telephone on 01246 269300 (option one).

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