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PREVIEW: Fleetwood Town

4 December 2017

Having negotiated Manchester City U21s in the group stages of the Checkatrade Trophy, the Spireites' next game sees them play Fleetwood Town in the first knock out round tomorrow evening (7.45pm kick-off). Here's our match preview.......


Supporters are advised that tickets for the clash will not be available in advance. Fans wishing to go to the game will be able to purchase tickets from the main ticket office at Fleetwood on the night of the game. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults - £10

Concessions (aged 65+) - £5

Under 16s - £1

Team news

Fleetwood will be without Bobby Grant and Conor McAleny when they welcome the Spireites to Highbury on Tuesday, with the pair due back soon after knee and ankle injuries.

One-time Chesterfield goalkeeper Alex Cairns could return to the Fleetwood goal, after he was replaced by Chris Neal in Saturday’s 1-1 Emirates FA Cup tie with Hereford.

Chesterfield will continue to be without long term absentees Gozie Ugwu, Jordan Sinnott and Jordan Flores. Matt Briggs returned to the bench in the penalty shoot-out win over Man City U21s and could be in contention to make his first start back at Highbury.

Manager - Uwe Rosler

Rosler has been Fleetwood manager since 2016, and since then was able to guide them to an impressive fourth place finish in Sky Bet League One last season. Boasting a win percentage well into the 40s, his side are now mid-table in a packed bunch in the league table.

The German is most renowned for his spell with Manchester City, appearing over 150 times for the club in both the Premier League and Division One in the 1990s. He also enjoyed spells at a host of Bundesliga clubs, as well as Southampton and West Brom. He finished his playing career in 2003 with Norwegian side Lillestrom.

Rosler's first venture into management came at the same club, taking over the reins at Lillestrom in 2004. After that he went onto manage Viking and Molde, both of Norway's top division. In June 2011 he returned to England to manage Brentford, before being given the Wigan job in December 2013. He then went onto have a tough spell with Leeds, managing just 12 games before being appointed Fleetwood boss.

One to watch - Devante Cole

Son of former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole, Devante Cole is Fleetwood's one to watch.

The Former Man City youth product is finally beginning to find his feet in the EFL, and is currently the Cod Army's top goal scorer this season with nine strikes – his latest coming in the FA Cup tie with Hereford United.

Cole has played in League One throughout his entire career, having had loan spells with Barnsley and MK Dons in 2013/14.  At the beginning of the 2015/16 season he signed permanently for Bradford, scoring five times in 19 league games before moving to Fleetwood in January of the same season.

Head to head

Fleetwood and Chesterfield have met just twelve times in their history, with the pair last meeting in League One last season as the Spireites slipped to a 2-1 defeat. Amari'i Bell and Victor Nirennold scored for Fleetwood whilst Jay O'Shea bagged from the penalty spot for Chesterfield.

The record between the two teams stands as follows:

Fleetwood - 4 (wins).

Draws - 3.

Chesterfield - 5 (wins).

From the Dugout

Spireites assistant manager Nicky Eaden says that after having a weekend without a fixture the Town squad will be ready for a tough match in Lancashire.

“We’ve had a good day’s training and have managed to do a lot of match preparation," said Eaden.

“It’s going to be a tough one no matter what side they put out, they’ll want to win and progress in the competition.

“So, we’ll have to be at our best, but hopefully we can go there and get a result.”

Can't get to Fleetwood? 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

REPORT: Spireites Lose in Lancashire

5 December 2017

Chesterfield were eliminated from the Checkatrade Trophy, after a 2-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium this evening.

Goals in either half from Jack Sowerby and Alex Reid sealed the Cod Army's progression into round three, in a match which also saw Chesterfield goalkeeper Joe Anyon forced off with an arm injury and be replaced by defender Laurence Maguire for the final stages of the encounter.

The Spireites had the first real chance of the game, when the returning Matt Briggs crossed from the left flank, striker Chris O’Grady managed to get in front of his marker before heading an effort just wide of Chris Neal’s goal.

But it was Fleetwood who took the lead, when in the 17th minute when Sowerby charged down the left flank, his cross was intercepted by Scott Wiseman, who laid the ball off to Bradley Barry inside the area, the Spireites full back then hesitated allowing Sowerby to nip in and shoot through the legs of Anyon.

Moments later Fleetwood almost doubled their lead when a fine pass from midfield saw Ashley Hunter get in behind the Town defence, Hunter set himself, before placing the ball to the right of Anyon and then hitting the post, Wiseman then managed to put the loose ball out for a corner kick.

Chesterfield responded well after that, seeing a lot of the ball in the Fleetwood half, with their best chance falling to Barry, who from Joe Rowley’s corner volleyed straight at Neal when unmarked.

The hosts who had the final chances of the first period, firstly through Sowerby, who skipped past Wiseman before shooting at Anyon. And then after a long ball caused problems for the Town defence, Jordy Hiwula could only shoot directly at the former Scunthorpe United man.

Jack Lester made two changes at half time, with Andy Kellett and Louis Reed replacing Reece Mitchell and Diego De Girolamo.

And it was Kellett who could have made an immediate impact when he was only denied a shot on goal from a Barry cross by Harvey Rodgers’ sliding clearance.

The Spireites saw plenty of the ball after that and despite the introduction of top goal scorer Kristian Dennis from the substitutes bench, were unable to create any clear cut chances.

Lester’s night was to end with further frustration when Anyon was forced off the field of play with an arm injury, after coming out bravely at the feet of Alex Reid.

That meant Maguire had to play the final few minutes in goal and he immediately made an impact, pushing a header around the post from an Reid.

However, the makeshift goalkeeper could do nothing a minute from time when Reid was played in inside the area before firing emphatically into the net to seal the Cod Army’s passage into the next round.

Fleetwood Town: Neal (C), O’Neill (Biggins 46’), Hiwula (Reid 64’), J. Maguire, Rodgers, Godswill, Hunter, Schwabl, Sowerby (Nirrenold 58’), Sheron, Cargill.

Substitutes not used: Crellin (gk), Donohue, Higham, Kerrigan.

Chesterfield: Anyon, Barry, Wiseman, L. Maguire, Briggs, Mitchell (Kellett 46’), Dimaio (Dennis 79’), Weir (C), Rowley, De Girolamo (Reed 46’), O’Grady.

Substitutes not used: Parkin (gk), Binnom-Williams, Hird, Wakefield.

Attendance - 372

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