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PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley

5 January 2018

After a busy couple of days in the transfer market, the Spireites are back in Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow, when they travel to the Wham Stadium to face Accrington Stanley, 3pm. Here’s our match preview....


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however, Town supporters can purchase tickets on the day from 1.30pm at the Wham Stadium, subject to no price increase.

Admission prices for the match are as follows: -





Concessions (64+)


Students (with valid NUS card)






Team news

Accrington will check on the fitness of captain Seamus Conneely and Jordan Thorniley with both having suffered groin injuries in recent weeks. The match is set to come too soon for Erico Sousa.

Stanley meanwhile could hand a debut to central defender Jimmy Dunne, after the Irishman completed a loan move from Burnley earlier this week.

Spireites boss Jack Lester could give as many as five players their debuts tomorrow, with new signings Drew Talbot, Sid Nelson, Zavon Hines, Josh Kay and Aaron Ramsdale all in contention to play.

Lester however, will be without injury victims Bradley Barry, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Joe Anyon, Gozie Ugwu, Jordan Flores and Jordan Sinnott. Scott Wiseman misses the match through suspension after his dismissal against Coventry City. The Gibraltar international will also miss next Saturday’s home clash with Luton Town.

Manager – John Coleman

Now in his second spell as Accrington manager, Coleman is a hugely popular figure at the Wham Stadium.

Initially appointed as player/manager in 1999, Coleman guided the club through the non-league pyramid and back into the EFL in 2006, five years later, he took them to the League Two play offs, where they were defeated by Stevenage.

He departed Stanley in 2012 to join Rochdale, whom he managed for a year before spells with Southport and Irish side, Sligo Rovers, he returned to Accrington in September 2014.

After a 13th place finish in League Two last season, Coleman finds his side in 10th position.

And with their New Year’s Day home fixture with Morecambe abandoned at half time due to a waterlogged pitch, the Reds head into tomorrow’s clash with just two wins from their last six league outings.

One to watch – Callum Johnson

Johnson joined Stanley from Middlesbrough on a permanent basis for an undisclosed earlier today (Friday), after initially joining the club on a loan deal in September.

Capable of playing as a central midfielder or across the back four, Johnson has already made 13 appearances this season. The 21-year-old had previously been at ‘Boro’ since the age of seven.

Head to head

The overall record between the two teams in their competitive meetings is a close one, as shown below: -

Accrington – 23 (wins)

Draws – 11

Chesterfield – 24 (wins)

Town don’t have the best record in Lancashire however, with Stanley winning the five of the last six meetings at the Wham Stadium. 

Chesterfield's last point at Stanley came in January 2011, where they recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, thanks to two goals in the last two minutes from Deane Smalley and Scott Boden.

From the Dugout

Speaking ahead of the game, Lester says that the Spireites will head into the game with a confident mindset and is looking forward to seeing his new signings in action.

He said:“We’ve competed with everyone we’ve played with. Coventry went third and we were right in that game.

“So, we’re positive and very excited about the future, we’ve got to gel this group as quick as we can and get moving forward.” 

Can’t get to Lancashire? Fear not you’ll still be able to follow all the action.

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

Stanley Defeat Spireites

6 January 2018

Chesterfield fell to a fifth defeat in their last six Sky Bet League Two games, with a 4-0 defeat away at Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

Goals from Mark Hughes and captain Sean McConville gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at the interval. Before striker Kayden Jackson added a third two minutes into the second half and Billy Kee notched a fourth in the closing stages.

Manager Jack Lester made six changes to the side which lost at Coventry City, with Laurence Maguire returning to the starting XI, while he also handed debuts to new signings Aaron Ramsdale, Drew Talbot, Sid Nelson, Josh Kay and Zavon Hines.

After a fairly even start the hosts took the lead in the 19th minute, McConville took a short corner to Jackson, he turned and crossed the ball to Hughes, whose left footed strike hit the underside of the crossbar and past the despairing Ramsdale.

Town responded well to that set back, enjoying good spells of possession and having a couple of long range efforts. The best of which came when Hines and Kay combined well on the left flank, Kay then took a touch before shooting over Aaron Chapman’s goal.

Despite plenty of effort from the Spireites, it was the hosts who scored the game’s second goal. Stanley attacked down their right, before working the ball in-field to McConville, he then opened up his body and curled an effort past the diving Ramsdale, onto the post and into the net.

Kay again came close for Town, latching on to a flick on the edge of the area, he let the ball bounce before shooting wide of the target.

Stanley continued to press forward after that, with Jordan Clark twice going close, firstly flicking the ball over the head of Jerome Binnom-Williams and then sending a half volley wide. And then following a counter attack from a Chesterfield corner, he advanced to the edge of the penalty area before shooting wide of Ramsdale and the far post.

Lester made a substitution at the break, with Jak McCourt replacing Binnom-Williams, but the hosts soon made it 3-0, when Jackson was played in down the right, his cross then squirmed under the unfortunate Ramsdale and into the net.

Kay again close for Town, when a move involving Joe Rowley, McCourt and Kristian Dennis saw him in space 25-yards out, he hit a fierce strike but was denied by a fine stop from Chapman.

As the game moved to the closing stages, both teams had chances to score the fourth of the game, McConville was only denied his second in the 73rd minute by Nelson's sliding block. While McCourt saw a shot from outside of the area parried by Chapman, from the rebound, Hines was denied a debut goal by the former Spireite's leg.

But it was the hosts who added the fourth goal of the game, substitute Mekhi McLeod’s shot was parried by Ramsdale before Kee tapped in from close range a minute from time.

Accrington: Chapman, Donacien (Dunne 52), Hughes, Richards-Everton, Johnson, Brown, Nolan, Clark, McConville (C), Jackson (McLeod 76), Kee (Sykes 89).

Subs not used: Stryjek (gk), Ogle, Hmami, Watson.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Talbot, Nelson, Maguire, Binnom-Williams (McCourt 46), Weir (C), Reed, Kay (German 80), Hines, Rowley (Kellett 69), Dennis.

Subs not used: Parkin (gk), Dimaio, De Girolamo, Ofoegbu.

Attendance: 1,655 (341 from Chesterfield).

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Ticket News

Accrington Stanley Ticket Update

4 January 2018

Tickets for the Spireites' trip to Accrington Stanley this Saturday (3pm), will go off sale on the ticket office website from 5pm today (Thursday, January 4).

Supporters are also advised that tickets will go off sale at the Proact ticket office and over the phone from 12pm tomorrow (Friday, January 5).

Prices for the match at the Wham Stadium are as follows: -

Category Price
Adults £20
Concessions (64+) £15
Students (with valid NUS card) £15
U18s £15
U12s £5

Please note that tickets can also be purchased on the day of the game from 1.30pm at the Wham Stadium - with no price increase.

Disabled supporters are adivsed to contact Jessica Fish from Accrington directly on 01254 356950.

True Blue Travel is also available for this fixture, priced at £15 adults and £8 for juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). The coach departs the Proact at 11am.

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