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PREVIEW: Coventry City

31 December 2017

Chesterfield kick off 2018 with a Sky Bet League Two fixture away to Coventry City tomorrow, 3pm. Here's our match preview........

Tickets

Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however Spireites supporters can purchase them on the day at the Ricoh Arena, subject to a £3 price increase.

Prices as follows (including increase): -

Category

Price

Adults

£25

Seniors (60+)

£18

Young Adult (18-21)

£18

Students (with valid NUS card)

£18

U18s

£13

Team News

The Sky Blues will take a check on striker Duckens Nazon and defender Jordan Willis after the pair suffered hip and leg injuries respectively, in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Carlisle United.

Coventry are already without long term injury victims Peter Vincenti, Tony Andreu, Liam Kelly and Jodi Jones.

The Spireites meanwhile, could welcome back Laurence Maguire to the squad, after the defender suffered a thigh injury in the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Fleetwood Town earlier this month.

New signing Drew Talbot isn’t eligible until after the clash at the Ricoh Arena, while the match will also come too soon for the likes of Joe Anyon, Ian Evatt, Bradley Barry, Jordan Sinnott and Gozie Ugwu.

Manager – Mark Robins

The former Manchester United and Norwich City striker was appointed manager of the Sky Blues for a second time in March, succeeding Russell Slade.

His first job in management was with Rotherham United in 2007 before moving on to Barnsley two years later. Robins’ first spell at Coventry began in 2012 and preceded jobs at Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

Robins lead Coventry to the Checkatrade Trophy last season, but was unable to prevent their relegation to League Two. So far this campaign, he’s finds his team in fifth position, with 41 points from 25 games and has overseen three wins from their last four games.

One to watch – Marc McNulty

Scottish striker McNulty, joined the Sky Blues on a free transfer in July after his release from Sheffield United.

McNulty has enjoyed a fruitful campaign in the West Midlands, with nine league goals and an assist to his name so far.

Prior to signing for Coventry, McNulty enjoyed spells with Scottish side Livingston, Bradford City and Portsmouth.

Head to Head

Tomorrow’s clash will be only the 30th between the two clubs since they first met in March 1926.

But while Chesterfield emerged 4-3 winners in the opening encounter, it’s the Sky Blues who hold the upper hand, with the full record as follows: -

Coventry – 13 (wins)

Draws – 7

Chesterfield – 9 (wins)

Visits to Coventry haven’t proved to be fruitful for Town over the course of those meetings, with their last league win coming in October 1948.

From the dugout

Spireites assistant manager Nicky Eaden says that the trip to his old club Coventry will be a provide stiff opposition, but he sees no reason why Town can’t follow up their good performance against Colchester United, with another good result in the West Midlands.

He said: “It’s this division, you can play a team who if they are at it it’s a tough fixture, but you could play them the week after and go and beat them.

“I know Coventry well, they’ve got a good squad it’ll be a tough game, but we can go there and get a result.”

Can’t get to the Ricoh? 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 night on the official site.

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Match Reports

Sky Blues Defeat Spireites

1 January 2018

Chesterfield succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, courtesy of an early first half goal from Marc McNulty.

Town defender Scott Wiseman was later sent off after a second bookable offence.

Manager Jack Lester kept the same XI from the 0-0 draw with Colchester United at the weekend and the first half was a scrappy affair. The Spireites struggled to get to grips with a pitch regularly torn up by the scrums of Coventry’s fellow tenants Aviva Premiership rugby side Wasps, with several passes in the final third being misplaced in the opening minutes.

Fourteen minutes into the match it was Coventry who took the lead, through their top scorer McNulty. He received the ball just outside the area and opened his body to curl a beautiful shot into the bottom corner past the outstretched Jake Eastwood, to put the Sky Blues ahead.

It wasn’t until the 25th minute that the Spireites had their first shot on goal. After a good run, Andy Kellett took aim just outside the area, but Lee Burge got down well to stop his low effort with Kristian Dennis unable to get to the loose ball.

As half time approached a dangerous Jordan Shipley free kick found Michael Doyle at the back post, he headed across goal but Jerome Binnom-Williams managed to clear his lines from inside the six-yard box.

On the stroke of half time Coventry went on the attack again. A cross from Devon Kelly-Evans fell too the feet of Tom Bayliss whose shot was blocked by Connor Dimaio.

After the interval the Spireites immediately came out fighting. Joe Rowley ran down the right-hand side after a Jak McCourt pass and his cross almost caught Burge by surprise, unfortunately for Town it struck the outside of the post and went out for a goal kick.

The Sky Blues came forward again and a great passing move sent Bayliss through deep into the box, fortunately his shot was blocked by the feet of Wiseman.

Coventry continued their assault, a loose ball fell to full back Chris Stokes 18 yards out, he took aim with a beautiful volley forcing Eastwood into a brilliant save, tipping his dipping effort onto the cross bar.

Then the Spireites had their best chance, Rowley’s cross was cleared as far as Kellett. He took a touch before firing wide of the target.

Eastwood was forced into another good save. A neat ball from a quick counter attack set McNulty through on goal, one on one, Eastwood got down well to push away his shot.

Substitute Diego De Girolamo had an opportunity to make an immediate impact, meeting a Robbie Weir cross with a header, but it failed to trouble Burge.

Ten minutes from time, any hope of an equaliser was extinguished after Wiseman was sent off for a second bookable offence for a foul on the half way line, reducing the Spireites to ten men.

With the clock ticking down McNulty attempted to grab his second, just outside the area he let fly and forced Eastwood to tip his effort wide.

A swift counter attack then saw McNulty bearing down on goal again, but as he let fly Binnom-Williams got down well to block his low effort, ending the contest 1-0 to the hosts.

Coventry: Burge, Grimmer, Stokes, Willis, Doyle (C), Biamou (Ponticelli 66), McNulty, Davies, Devon Kelly-Evans, Shipley (Haynes 79), Bayliss.

Substitutes not used: O’Brien (gk), Hyam, Dion Kelly-Evans, Maycock, Stevenson.

Chesterfield: Eastwood, Binnom-Williams, Hird (Maguire 46), Wiseman, Dennis (De Girolamo , Rowley, Dimaio (O’Grady 67), Kellett, Reed, McCourt, Weir (C).

Substitutes not used: Parkin (gk), Mitchell, German, Ofoegbu.

Attendance: 7,402 (460 from Chesterfield)

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Ticket News

Coventry City Ticket Update

28 December 2017

Supporters are advised that tickets for the Spireites' trip to Coventry City on New Year's Day, will go off sale at the Proact ticket office and online at 5pm tomorrow (Friday, December 29).

Supporters who have already ordered tickets for the fixture, must collect their ticket (s) from the ticket office by 3pm on Saturday, December 30.

The match at the Ricoh Arena kicks off at 3pm, with prices as follows: -

Category Price
Adults £22
Seniors (60+) £15
Young Adult (18-21) £15
Students (with valid NUS card) £15
U18s £10

Supporters are also advised that they can purchase tickets on the day, though tickets will be subject to a £3 price increase.

True Blue Travel is also available for this fixture, priced at £15 adults and £8 juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). The coach departs the Proact at 12pm.

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