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PREVIEW: Luton Town

12 January 2018

The Spireites return to action at the Proact tomorrow (3pm), for their first home fixture of 2018, with top of the table Luton Town the opponents. 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, from the Club Superstore from 9am-12pm and then from the ticket office from 12pm until kick off.

A full list of prices can be found here.

Team news

The Spireites will assess the fitness of strikers Chris O’Grady and Kristian Dennis, though Jack Lester is expecting at least one of them to feature.

Joe Anyon, Bradley Barry, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Jordan Flores, Jordan Sinnott, Gozie Ugwu and Ricky German all miss out through injury, while defender Scott Wiseman serves the final match of a two-game suspension.

Meanwhile January transfer window signings Aaron Ramsdale, Drew Talbot, Sid Nelson, Josh Kay and Zavon Hines are all in contention to make their home debuts.

Luton on the other hand, will have to make do without the suspended Alan Sheehan, as he serves the second match of a three-game suspension. Scott Cuthbert and Alan McCormack both miss out through injury.

The Hatters will also check on the fitness of Maltese midfielder Luke Gamblin, after he suffered a leg injury in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy clash with Peterborough United. 

Manager – Nathan Jones

Following spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town, Jones was appointed Hatters manager in January 2016, taking over from John Still.

In his first full season with the club, he guided them to the Sky Bet League Two playoffs, after finishing fourth in the regular season.

So far, this campaign, the Welshman has guided the Hatters to the top of Sky Bet League Two, with 54 points from 26 games. During that time his team have scored an impressive 62 goals.

One to watch – Olly Lee

Central midfielder Lee, recently hit the headlines by scoring from his own half in the 7-0 demolition of Cambridge United at Kenilworth Road. That strike was one of four goals in his 26 appearances this season.

Lee joined the club in August 2015 on a short-term contract, before signing an extended deal last summer, after previously playing for Dagenham and Redbridge, Gillingham, Barnet, Birmingham City and Plymouth Argyle.

The 26-year-old is the son of former Newcastle United and England midfielder Rob Lee and his brother Elliott is also in the Hatters’ squad, both of whom featured against the Magpies in last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie.

Head to head

Of the 40 meetings between the two clubs, it’s the Hatters who hold the upper hand, the full record stands as follows: -

Chesterfield – 11 wins.

Draws – 11

Luton – 18 wins

The Spireites’ last home league victory against the Hatters came in May 2004, when Glynn Hurst scored an 88th minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory and Division Two survival on the final day of the 2003/04 season.

From the dugout

Lester knows that the match with the Hatters is set to be one of the toughest since he took charge of the club. However, he believes that despite the gap in league positions, his team can get a positive result from the game.

He said: “It’s a league match and we’re at home, so we fancy ourselves to go and get a result. We’ve had a look at them and we’re confident we can go and give a good account of ourselves.

“They’ve built together a good squad and they’ve kept investing and now they’re getting their rewards.”

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 weekend on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Beat High-flying Hatters

13 January 2018

First half goals from Joe Rowley and Jak McCourt (penalty) secured an impressive 2-0 victory for Chesterfield over table-topping Luton Town at the Proact.

The result takes the Spireites out of the relegation zone. 

Chris O’Grady had the first shot of the game in the ninth minute which was blocked by a Luton defender.

Moments later, Drew Talbot’s cross into the penalty area was directed towards goal by Zavon Hines, but Johnny Mullins was across to block.

Luton’s first chance of the game came in the 15th minute when James Collins' reverse ball put Andrew Shinnie in on goal and Aaron Ramsdale got down smartly at his near post to deny the midfielder.

Chesterfield’s opener came in the 18th minute. After Hines’ pass released Robbie Weir on the right-hand side, Rowley was on-hand to smash home the skipper’s drilled low cross.

The Spireites doubled their tally for the afternoon seven minutes later when Josh Kay’s pass split the Luton defence when Hines advanced into the area, James Justin bundled him over and the referee pointed to the spot. McCourt took the penalty and calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to score his sixth goal of the season.

Luton manager Nathan Jones made a change on the 28th minute when Olly Lee was replaced by Harry Cornick.

The Hatters' best chance of the game fell to Shinnie. Elliott Lee did well to pull the ball back to the midfielder in front of goal, but his effort was scuffed and went sailing over the bar.

The second-half started off slowly with neither side having any clear goalscoring opportunities.

The first half-chance came when Louis Reed’s strike from distance forced Marek Stech to parry the ball.

Luton thought they were level on the 65th minute. Collins put the ball in the back of the net after Lee got in down the left, but he was adjudged to be in an off-side position.

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu and Jordan Cook came on for Luton in the 81st minute.

Cook tried a long-range shot moments later, which Ramsdale pushed behind for a corner.

A resolute Spireites defence held off a late Luton onslaught, giving them their sixth league win of the season.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Talbot, Nelson, Maguire, Weir, McCourt (Dimaio 90), Kay, Hines (Binnom-Williams 81), O’Grady, Rowley.

Unused subs: Parkin, De Girolamo, Kellett, Ofoegbu, Wakefield

Luton Town: Stech, Justin, Potts, Mullins, O. Lee (Cornick 28), Shinnie (Mpanzu 81), Rea, Berry, Collins (Cook 81), H. Lee, Famewo.

Subs: Stacey, Senior, D’Ath, Shea

Attendance: 5,715 (1,244)

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Ticket News

Luton Town Tickets on Sale

9 January 2018

Tickets for the Spireites' Sky Bet League Two clash with Luton Town at the Proact this Saturday (3pm), are now available at the ticket office and online.

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

Help us to #PacktheProact in first home fixture of 2018 by purchasing 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 Superstore. Click here for further information.

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