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PREVIEW: Cambridge United

13 February 2018

The Spireites welcome Cambridge United to the Proact tonight, 7.45pm in their latest Sky Bet League Two home fixture. Here's our match preview...

Tickets

Supporters are advised that tickets are currently on sale online and via the club's ticket office. The full list of prices can be found here.

Team News

The Spireites will be without Gozie Ugwu who suffered an injury setback last week after only just recovering from a long term spell on the sidelines. He will miss the next eight-12 weeks of football, whilst Drew Talbot, Andy Kellett, George Smith, Joe Anyon, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt and Jordan Sinnott also remain sidelined.

Sid Nelson will be assessed after having a CT scan to an injury picked up in the last home match with Crawley Town.

And after missing out on action at the weekend, Bradley Barry is contention to return to the starting XI, while Giles Coke and Jacob Brown could both make their Town debuts.

For the U's, they will be without their captain and centre back Leon Legge who remains a few weeks away from returning to action.

Midfielder Medy Elito is available after illness, while winger Piero Mingoia could return after a groin injury. Striker Jabo Ibehre looks set to miss out due to concussion.

Caretaker manager - Joe Dunne 

Former Gillingham and Colchester United defender Dunne, took on the role of caretaker manager at the Cambs Glass Stadium, following Shaun Derry's departure over the weekend.

Dunne had previously served as Derry's asssistant, having arrived at Cambridge in 2015.

The role is nothing new to the former Republic of Ireland U21 international, who had a spell as Colchester's caretaker manager in 2009, before a spell as their permanent manager from 2012-2014 

One to watch - Jevani Brown

Brown has caught the eye of Cambridge fans this season with some brilliant performances in attack. The summer signing has had no problems settling in after arriving from non-league football, where he scored 19 times last season for St Neots Town.

Linked with a move to Wolves in January, he appears to be a player destined for a higher level despite just half a season in the Football League.

The forward started his career with Peterborough United where he was there from a young age - before being released in November 2013. Since then he has featured for numerous non-league clubs; Langford, Barton Rovers, Wingate and Finchley, Arlesey, Kettering, Stamford and St Neots.

Head to head

Chesterfield and Cambridge have met just 13 times in the two clubs' history. The last of which came this season when the Spireites were defeated 2-1 in October.

The record between the two teams stands as the following:

Chesterfield - 7 (wins).

Draws - 1

Cambridge - 5 (wins).

The U's haven't travelled to Chesterfield since 2001. On that day Luke Beckett scored twice in a 2-0 win for a Spireites side that included Thomas Hitzlesperger.

From the dug out

Jack Lester admits that he's not too sure how exactly Cambridge will line up tonight, but his players will be ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

"There’s a different manager, so they may be trying to play a different way," he said.

“The last time he went in as interim manager they quickly changed to a 4-2-3-1, they’ve been playing a diamond, but we’re not preparing for any formation, we’re preparing for the individuals that we might face, so that’s been the focus.

“You can spend a lot of time second guessing what’s going on, if you don’t know you just prepare the players for the individuals they’re going to be facing and what are their strengths and weaknesses.”

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

Late Goal Stuns Spireites

13 February 2018

Chesterfield twice surrendered the lead and conceded deep into stoppage time Cambridge United snatched a 3-2 victory at the Proact on Tuesday night.

Giles Coke made his debut for the Spireites after signing for the club on transfer deadline day and Bradley Barry returned to the side after injury while Sid Nelson was missing after picking up a knock.

Chesterfield got off to a flying start with the opening goal coming in the first minute of the match. Chris O’Grady found himself on the left-hand side of the 18-yard box and put a dangerous cross into the box which was turned into his own net by defender Harrison Dunk.

Early warning signs came from Cambridge when Uche Ikpeazu muscled his way through the Spireites defence, only to see his shot tipped over by Aaron Ramsdale.

Kristian Dennis responded with his first attempt of the game. The striker turned his defender to get off the shot, but it was too weak to challenge the keeper.

Chesterfield continued to look more likely following a neat interchange of one-twos between Dennis and Louis Dodds down the left-hand side. Dennis managed to float in another dangerous cross but a free-kick was given for an altercation in the box.

Cambridge found a way back into the game through an Alex Whitmore own goal (19). A shot from distance was parried by Ramsdale, only as far as Liam O’Neil whose low driven cross across the face of goal was turned in by Whitmore after a touch from Ikpeazu.

Chesterfield’s next chance came when Joe Rowley looped a free kick into the 18-yard box. The ball was cleared but only as far as Dodds, whose shot was blocked and sent out for a corner.

Cambridge began to grow into the game more when Ikpeazu again shrugged off multiple defenders, only to see his left-footed striker fly high and wide. Brad Halliday went close a moment later with his shot from distance spinning wide of the left-hand post.

Chesterfield began the second half as brightly as they did the first, with Robbie Weir’s pin-point delivery meeting the rising header of the un-challenged Dennis (55), who placed his accurate effort into the top right corner of the net.

Louis Reed put a looping free-kick over the defensive wall, forcing a save around the post from David Forde.

Cambridge again found a way to come from behind to level it as Weir was adjudged to have fouled Billy Waters. The linesman flagged for a penalty kick and Ikpeazu (68) converted from the spot, shooting to Ramsdale’s right. 

Cambridge enjoyed their new lease of life with another shot moments later, this time coming from George Maris after the ball was given away by Rowley. The shot went straight towards Ramsdale and the keeper collected it with ease.

Hoping to find a winning goal, Jack Lester made two changes in the 70th minute, bringing on Josh Kay for Rowley, and Dylan Mottley-Henry for Dodds.

Joe Dunne also mixed things up with 12 minutes to go, introducing David Amoo in place of O’Neil.

Jevani Brown posed a number of threats late on, but each attempt was comfortably dealt with by Ramsdale.

With six minutes to go, Lester made his final substitution, bringing Jak McCourt onto the field to make way for Coke.

Brown continued to look likely late on as he fizzed the ball across the face of goal, with Maguire making a clearance.

The fourth official signalled for five minutes of added time and in the game’s dying embers, Dennis found the back of the net but the goal was disallowed for handlingl.

At the other end, Ramsdale was forced to push a looping cross over the bar. From the resulting corner, Cambridge found a winner in the final seconds of the game, when Dunk reacted quickest to convert a loose ball into the net off the underside of the bar.

The result means Chesterfield stay in the relegation zone and three points adrift of Crewe in 22nd place, while Barnet remain bottom of the table.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Barry, Whitmore, Maguire, Weir ( C ), Reed, Dodds (Mottley-Henry 70), O’Grady, Rowley (Kay 70), Dennis, Coke (McCourt 84)

Cambridge: Forde, Halliday, Deefan ( C ), Taylor, Waters, Ikpeazu, Dunk, Taft, O’Neil (Amoo 78), Maris, Brown

Attendance: 4,276 (220 away)

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Ticket News

Cambridge United Tickets On Sale Now

11 February 2018

Tickets for the Spireites' Sky Bet League Two clash with Cambridge United at the Proact on Tuesday (7.45pm) are now on sale at the ticket office and online.

So why not treat your loved one to an early Valentine's Day present, by helping us to #PacktheProact? You can purchase your tickets now online, at the ticket office or via telephone on 01246 269300 (option one).

Supporters are advised that ticket sales during the week will now take place in the Club SuperstoreClick here for further information.

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