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20 January 2018 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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PREVIEW: Yeovil Town

19 January 2018

The Spireites head to Yeovil Town tomorrow, looking to build on last week’s impressive 2-0 win over Luton Town. Here’s our big match preview……

Tickets 

Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however supporters can purchase tickets on the day at Yeovil. With all categories bar U16s subject to a £3 price increase. 

A full list of prices is as follows (including increase): - 

Category

Price

Adult

£24

Senior (65+)

£20

Disabled/wheelchair*

£20

Young person (16-21)

£16

U16s

£6

Team News 

Tomorrow’s hosts, Yeovil, will once again be without Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), James Bailey (knee) and Dan Alfei (knee).

Spireites boss Jack Lester confirmed that Kristian Dennis will travel with the squad to Somerset, after missing last week’s match with a calf injury, though a decision on the 14-goal striker’s involvement will be made closer to kick off.

Full back Bradley Barry is also in the travelling party after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Scott Wiseman returns from suspension. Meanwhile, new signing Alex Whitmore is contention to make his Chesterfield debut. 

The opposition

The manager – Darren Way 

Like his opposite number Lester, Way is a former fans favourite at the Huish Park. Where he made 207 league appearances for the Glovers in a six-year spell between 2000 and 2006, before returning to the club in 2007 after a short stint at Swansea City.

He became first team coach in 2010 aged just 31, after retiring early due to a serious car crash and became first team manager in December 2015, replacing Terry Skiverton.

The Glovers sit one place above the Spireites in the League Two table and will be looking to make it four home wins in succession against the Spireites, ahead of next week’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie with Manchester United.

One to watch - Francois Zoko

Ivory Coast international striker Zoko is the Glovers' top scorer this season with nine goals.

The attacker, formerly of Carlisle and Notts County, is dangerously good at hitting the target, with 74% of his shots having tested the keeper or gone in this season.

An instinctive, predatory striker, the 34-year-old has a knack of being in the right place at the right time and tapping the ball in from close range.

Head-to-head

Three out of the last four occasions that these two teams have squared off, the result has been 3-2, with Yeovil winning by that score line at the Proact in September

The overall record is as follows: -

Yeovil - 4 (wins)

Draws – 3

Chesterfield – 3 (wins)

The Spireites have a decent record at Huish Park, winning two out of their four visits, including a 3-1 win on their first visit in 2005, thanks to a Paul Hall strike and an Adam Smith brace. 

From the Dugout

Lester has urged his team to repeat their level of performance from the win over the Hatters last Saturday and help to make up ground on Yeovil in the table.

He said: “It’s a game we’re looking forward to. They’re a good side but there’s areas where we think we can hurt them.

“We’re very clear already on how we’re going to approach the game, the shape and where we think we can be successful.

“We’re at our best when we’re attacking teams and that will certainly be the plan on Saturday.”

Can't get to Yeovil? 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

Reed and Dennis Secure Spireites Win

20 January 2018

Louis Reed scored a free-kick crackerjack and teed up sub Kristian Dennis to grab a dramatic injury time winner to give Chesterfield a priceless second away win of the season, in a 2-1 win over Yeovil Town.

Between those two goals, Yeovil sub Lewis Wing had scored a superb equaliser that led to pressure that threatened to give the home side a winner but Dennis saw things differently, leaving Yeovil’s players fuming feeling that Reed had fouled when he won the ball and that argument led to Glovers star man Otis Khan being sent off for shoving the referee as Spireites players and 252 travelling fans went berserk.

Jack Lester was forced to make one change following the terrific victory over table-toppers Luton Town, Drew Talbot missing out with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by new signing Alex Whitmore, recruited in the week from Burnley and he slotted in at left back.  

Yeovil, who started the game one place and four points ahead of the visitors, named only five subs six days before they host Manchester United in the FA Cup, with Khan set to miss out. 

The game started slowly, former Spireite Nathan Smith, playing as a central defender, swung but hit air on the edge of the six after dangerman Khan’s free-kick was flicked on by Francois Zoko who, on 18 minutes, had the game’s first on-target effort, Aaron Ramsdale though confidently gathered it in to his chest.

Jordan Green’s shot was blocked by Sid Nelson before a Joe Rowley free-kick just eluded Jak McCourt. Ramsdale saved again, diving left but holding tight from Khan’s run and shot. Spireites first corner, on 28, was caught by keeper Artur Krysiak who soon had to be alert to keep a Chris O’Grady left footer out after Ramsdale’s goal kick was inadvertently headed backwards by a Glovers defender.

The final first half action saw Jake Gray burst through but Laurence Maguire blocked to ensure the break came with no goals on the scoreboard.

Tom James’ deep cross found Sam Surridge but he headed wide as the second half started with more intensity. Josh Kay burst through to the box-edge but his shot was blocked and in the opposite box Maguire and Nelson did enough to keep Zoko out.

Khan’s free kick earned a corner that saw Gray’s shot bobble goalwards before being hacked clear but Khan immediately delivered a telling cross in that Rowley put behind for another corner that was poor but Chesterfield were straight away under pressure as Ryan Dickson burst through but his shot was blocked.

Andy Kellett came on for Zavon Hines and his first action was to take a short corner that saw Nelson bundled over but referee Johnson felt it wasn’t an unfair challenge on him. Kay hit high as the pace of the play continued with Kellett being a major contributor to Spireites new found intensity.

Smith fouled O’Grady just outside the box, Reed stepped up to deliver and beat the seven man Yeovil wall and Krysiak’s full-length ride sided dive to rest in the net to give Spireites a precious lead, the 26th time in 11 games Krysiak has conceded against Chesterfield, more concessions than against any other club.

Gray zipped a low shot inches wide as Yeovil sought to get back into the game whilst McCourt had a great chance to extend the lead, Kellett’s cross found his fellow midfielder but the shot was miscued and didn’t quite fall for O’Grady at the far post.

With ten minutes remaining sub Wing received 25 yards out and he unleashed an unstoppable half-volley that gave Ramsdale no chance.

Yeovil had a great chance a minute later when Khan picked up a loose ball, darted into the box to force a great block from Ramsdale and Khan rapidly regained possession and saw his next shot blocked.

Ramdsale had to palm away a 30 yard Khan free kick and then save a Bevis Mugabi header as Yeovil sought to grab a winner.

Four minutes of time was added with the game as stretched as at any time and Ramsdale had to full length dive right to fingertip a Khan shot out for a corner which was scrambled away from Zoko as Spireites hung on but Reed won possession just outside the box and fired a long ball through to Dennis to beat Krysiak to the ball well outside the box and slide the ball into the empty net from 35 yards and earn a vital three points for the visitors.

Yeovil: Krysiak, James, Mugabi, N.Smith, Dickson, Bird (Wing 69), Khan, Gray, Green (C.Smith 76), Zoko, Surridge. Subs (not used): Maddison, Whelan, Santos. 

Goal: Wing 80

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Weir, Nelson, Maguire, Whitmore, Reed, Rowley, McCourt, Kay, Hines (Kellett 58), O’Grady (Dennis 83). Subs (not used): Parkin, Binnom-Williams, Wiseman, Dimaio, De Girolamo. 

Goals: Reed 66, Dennis 90+3

Ref: Kevin Johnson (Dorset) 

Booked: McCourt, Kay, Maguire (Chesterfield) 

Sent Off: Khan 90+3 

Attendance: 3792 (252 from Chesterfield)

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Ticket News

Yeovil Town Ticket Update

15 January 2018

Tickets for the Spireites' trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday, January 20 (3pm) are now on sale at the Proact ticket office and online.

Prices for the match at Huish Park are as follows: -

Category Price
Adult £21
Senior (65+) £17
Disabled/wheelchair* £17
Young person (16-21) £13
U16s £6

*Carer for wheelchair and ambulant disabled free of charge.

Tickets will be on sale from the ticket office and online until 5pm, Thursday, January 18. However, supporters are also able to purchase tickets on the day of the game, though all prices bar U16s will be subject to a £3 price increase.

True Blue Travel is also available for this fixture, priced at £25 adults and £15 juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). The coach departs the Proact at 8am.

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