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Kick off 19:45

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25 July 2017 Venue Proact Stadium Attendance 2,498 Referee James Adcock

Kick off 19:45

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4-4-2
  • 12
    Joe Anyon
    GK
  • 4
    Sam Hird
    DF
  • 2
    Paul McGinn
    DF
  • 6
    Ian Evatt (C)
    DF
  • 10
    Chris O'Grady
    FW
  • 7
    Reece Mitchell
    MF
  • 19
    Dion Donohue
    MF
  • 26
    Jak McCourt
    MF
  • 11
    Gozie Ugwu
    FW
  • 9
    Ellis Plummer
    DF
  • 25
    Louis Reed
    MF

Substitutes

  • 1
    Tommy Lee
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Gary Caldwell

4-4-2
  • 1
    Richard O'Donnell
    GK
  • 2
    Joshua Emmanuel
    DF
  • 18
    Ben Purrington
    DF
  • 5
    Semi Ajayi
    DF
  • 14
    Dominic Ball (C)
    DF
  • 21
    Jerry Yates
    MF
  • 19
    Jonson Clarke-Harris
    MF
  • 7
    Anthony Forde
    MF
  • 20
    Michael Ihiekwe
    DF
  • 4
    Will Vaulks
    MF
  • 23
    Ryan Williams
    MF

Substitutes

  • 6
    Richard Wood
    SUB
  • 17
    Darnelle Fisher
    SUB
  • 12
    Lewis Price
    SUB
  • 26
    Aimen Belaid
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Paul Warne

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Match Previews

PREVIEW: Rotherham United

24 July 2017

The Spireites take on Rotherham United in the second of their three home pre-season fixtures tomorrow (Tuesday), 7.45pm, here’s our match preview……

Reminder

Home and away supporters are asked to note that the Tesco Extra supermarket adjacent to the Proact has informed the club that they will be enforcing their two-hour parking restrictions on match days.

Tickets

Home supporters are reminded that the Van Yard (West) Stand will only be open on the night, with away supporters being allocated the North Stand.

Tickets are available for Spireites fans at the Proact ticket office or The Van Yard Stand turnstiles right up until kick off (7.45pm) and are priced as follows: -

Adults £10
Concessions £5
U16s £3

Any supporters wishing to collect their season ticket voucher book can do so until 6pm.

Spireites team news

The Spireites will be without Jerome Binnom-Williams and Joe Rowley for the match, while manager Gary Caldwell will check on the fitness of both Kristian Dennis and Jordan Sinnott, who picked up knocks on the club’s pre-season training camp in Spain and Portugal.

New signings, Joe Anyon and Scott Wiseman, were rested for Saturday’s match with Stoke City U23s and are set to return to the squad, meanwhile, goalkeeper Tommy Lee, will be looking for further involvement after making a successful comeback in the match at St George’s Park.

The opposition

Following relegation from the Sky Bet Championship last season, Rotherham have been busy adding to their squad during the summer.

Defender Michael Ihiekwe was the first to sign, with the former Wolves man being joined at the AESSEAL New York Stadium by fellow defender Josh Emmanuel, midfielders Darren Potter and Ryan Williams and forwards Keiffer Moore, David M. Ball and Jamie Proctor.

The Millers have also stepped up their preparations for the new season with five wins from their six friendly matches so far.

Though they head into the match at the Proact following a 1-2 home defeat to Sheffield United, with the Millers goal coming from youngster, Jerry Yates.

The manager

A former Millers player, Paul Warne, is approaching the start of his first full season as a manager, having been appointed Rotherham boss on a permanent basis in April.

Following the departure of former manager Kenny Jackett in January, Warne was given the job on a caretaker basis, however, he was unable to save the Millers from relegation from the Championship, winning just 4 of his 29 matches.

A hero to Millers supporters, Warne signed from Wigan Athletic in 1999 and would achieve great things with the club as a player, helping them to back to back promotions in 2000 and 2001, in total he would go on to make 257 appearances, scoring 30 goals.

After spells with Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town he returned to Rotherham in 2009, making a further 35 appearances before retiring in 2012, a year later, he was awarded a testimonial for his services to the club.

Players to watch:

Semi Ajayi - Defender

Central defender Ajayi, joined the Millers on a free transfer from Cardiff City earlier this month, following a loan spell with the club last season.

Ajayi’s career began at Charlton Athletic in 2012 and though he would not go on to make a first team appearance for the Addicks, his potential was spotted Arsenal, with whom he signed in 2013.

A regular for the Gunners’ U21 team, he appeared on the bench for several first team matches, before joining Cardiff City, July 2015 following a loan spell. Spells with AFC Wimbledon and Crewe Alexandra preceeded signing his signing for the Millers.

Ajayi is a Nigeria U20 international and featured three times in the 2013 Toulon Tournament against Belgium, Portugal and Brazil.

Joe Newell – Midfielder

Capable of playing at both left back and in midfield, Newell signed for the Millers in August 2015 on a three-year deal from Peterborough United.

Newell impressed in his debut campaign for Rotherham, making 38 appearances and scoring five times, including the only goal of the game in 1-0 win over Leeds United, as well as strikes in victories over Hull City and Bolton Wanderers.

An ankle injury delayed the start of his 2016/17 season, but he recovered to play a further 35 times, scoring twice.

Born in Tamworth, Newell’s professional career started with the Posh in 2011, he made his debut against Yeovil Town on April 25, 2011. A loan spell with St Albans City followed, before he really established himself at London Road during the 2011/12 season.

David Ball – Defender

Another Millers player who can play in more than one position, Ball joined the club in August 2016 from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.

Ball was signed by former manager Alan Stubbs, who had faced him during his time at Hibernian when Ball was on loan at Rangers.

The defender’s loan spell at Ibrox was a highly successful one, helping the ‘Gers to the Scottish Championship title and Challenge Cup in 2016.

Ball represented Northern Ireland from U15-21 level, before switching his allegiance to England in 2014 featuring for both the U19 and U20 sides.

Head to Head record:

The Spireites record with the Millers is a very good one with 40 victories from their 72 meetings.

One match that will live long in the memory of Chesterfield supporters is a clash on March 18, 2011, when a Jack Lester hat-trick along with strikes from Dean Holden and Craig Davis led the Spireites to a 5-0 victory.

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Friendly Defeat Against Millers

25 July 2017

Chesterfield lost 3-1 at home to League One Rotherham United on Tuesday night. David Ball, Jon Taylor and Ryan Williams scored for the visitors before Chris O'Grady's late consolation.

Chesterfield found themselves 2-0 down within the first 21 minutes.

A spell of Rotherham pressure at the beginning of the game was eventually rewarded when Ball found the back of the net on 17 minutes.
Kieffer Moore got in behind down the right-hand side before he picked out Ball in the middle who found the net via the post.

Ten minutes later it was 2-0 to the Millers when Taylor beat Joe Anyon to a long ball and was able to head into an empty net.

Taylor had threatened inside the opening minute, with Anyon forced to make a save. Minutes later Lee Frecklington saw his shot bounce wide, before Sam Hird was then forced to clear the ball off the line from Michael Ihiekwe's effort at the back post.

There wasn't much joy for Chesterfield in the opening 45 - the closest they came was when Connor Dimaio's cross was met at the back post by the head of Ian Evatt, but Millers keeper Richard O'Donnell saved.

O'Donnell was then on hand to save again before the half-hour mark, as he kept out O'Grady's shot from outside the box.

The Spireites' second-half performance was considerably better than the first and three chances came in quick succession at the start of the second 45. O'Grady had the first opportunity, as he took down a long ball brilliantl, before turning and then firing over the bar.

The same could be said for Scott Wiseman's opportunity moments later. Trialist Mickael Latour did well down the left before picking out Wiseman at the back post but his attempt was off-target.

Half-time substitute Gozie Ugwu then went close for the Spireites, testing O'Donnell in goal, before Charlie Wakefield missed a golden opportunity. Ugwu was at the centre of things again as he got to the byline before pulling it back to Wakefield, but he sent his shot over the bar.

Despite those chances, Rotherham were to add a third in the 79th minute. Anthony Forde raced down the left flank before crossing for Williams, whose shot looped over Anyon and found the net.

The Spireites did finally find the back of the net with three minutes remaining. The ball bounced around the penalty area before O'Grady picked up the loose ball and beat the goalkeeper for a consolation.

Chesterfield: Anyon, Wiseman (McGinn 70), Evatt, Hird, Barry (McCourt 46), Maguire, Latour (Mitchell 81), Wakefield (Donohue 67), Dimaio (Reed 46), Brewster (Ugwu 46), O’Grady. Subs: Lee.

Rotherham United: O’Donnell, Emmanuel, Mattock (Purrington 54), Ajayi, Frecklington (Dom Ball 74), Ball (Williams 71), Taylor (Yates 71), Potter (Forde 66), Ihiekwe, Newell (Vaulks 66), Moore (Clarke-Harris 71). Subs: Wood, Fisher, Price, Belaid.

Attendance: 2,498 (650 away)

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