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PREVIEW: Manchester City U21s

28 November 2017

The Spireites return to action at the Proact tomorrow night (7pm), when they take on Manchester City's U21s in their final Checkatrade Trophy northern group F fixture. Here's our big 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

Tickets are available for Spireites supporters at the Proact ticket office right up until kick off, 7pm.

A full list of prices is as follows: -

Category

Price

Adult

£10

Concessions

£5

17-21s

£5

U16s

£1

Online orders can be placed here

Team News

Chesterfield will be without striker Gozie Ugwu, who remains side-lined with a long term injury.

Manager Jack Lester will also be without the services of injured duo Jordan Flores and Jordan Sinnott. Though Matt Briggs is back in contention to play after returning to training yesterday (Monday).

Manchester City U21s have no new injury worries ahead of their first visit to the Proact.

City’s U17s England World Cup winners Phil Foden and Joel Latibeaudiere have both been included in the squad for Wednesday’s game.

The opposition

Manager – Simon Davies

In 2016, Simon Davies took in charge of City’s U23s after previously being assistant to Patrick Vieira.

Prior to his time at City, Davies managed Chester in 2008, where he endured three months in charge before being sacked in November of that year. Exactly, a month later Davies took over as youth team manager.

During his playing career, Davies enjoyed spells at Manchester United, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town and Huddersfield Town.

One to watch – Phil Foden

Foden joined City at U9 level and signed his Academy scholarship in July 2016. His left foot and ability to glide past opponents have seen the Stockport-born playmaker excel at every level, a trend which continued last season with the U18s.

The midfielder recently hit the headlines by scoring twice for England during their 5-2 victory over Spain in the U17s World Cup Final in India.

The Englishman made his debut for City’s first team earlier this month in their 1-0 Champions League victory over Feyenoord. During the 2016/17 season Foden scored 11 goals from midfield, including in home and away matches with rivals Manchester United.

Head to Head

As mentioned previously, tonight’s clash will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.

The Spireites are now unbeaten in their last five league games, with two wins and three draws in that time.

The Citizens have made an inconsistent start to their season, winning three of 11 league games in PL2, though they come into the game off the back of a 4-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur U23s at the weekend. 

Should Chesterfield win the match by two goals or more in 90 minutes then they would progress to round two as group F winners and go onto meet Oldham Athletic at home. If Town were to win 1-0 or via penalties (following a draw in 90 minutes) they would finish as group runners-up and travel to Fleetwood Town in the second round.

The Cityzens would progress from the group stage as runners-up should they be victorious in 90 minutes.

From the dugout

Town boss Lester has challenged his team to keep up their recent good form and secure their place in the second round.

He said: "It’s important that we put a good performance in and try to win the game, that’s the mentality of the squad. You’ve got to put the effort, character and quality into the game to win it, otherwise we’re not doing our job.

“There’ll be no excuses on the work rate, we haven’t got a game this Saturday, so you leave everything out there, you give absolutely everything to win the game and must try to end the game as fit as you’ve started it, the principles of when we’ve got the ball remain the same.” 

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 night on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Progress in Checkatrade Trophy

29 November 2017

Chesterfield progressed to the knock-out stages of the Checkatrade Trophy after a Sam Hird spot kick sealed a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win against Manchester City U21s after the match finished 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors when Javairo Dilrosun made a good run down the right and cut inside onto his left foot before putting his effort over the bar.

Chris O’Grady then put Andy Kellett through on the left and he tried to loop the ball over Aro Muric, but his effort landed on the roof of the net.

Dilrosun continued to pose a threat. Cutting in from the right again, he took aim, only to see his well-struck effort sail over the bar.

The Spireites had the ball in the net when O’Grady turned and had his shot well blocked only for the ball to fall to Kellett who found the net from six yards out, only to be ruled off-side.

Kellett was again sent down the left-hand side and found O’Grady, whose effort was saved by Arijanet Muric.

Only a few minutes later, the Spireites had an even better chance when Jerome Binnom-Williams rose the highest to meet a corner ball, but despite making good contact, he put his header wide.

With half time approaching, the Spireites pushed for the lead. Kellett was almost sent clean through after a long ball over the top, only for the referee to penalise O’Grady for bringing down defender Charlie Oliver in the build-up.

One minute before half-time, it was Jak McCourt’s turn to have a shot. Receiving the ball on the left flank, he let fly, only to see his curling effort go narrowly past the upright.

After a quiet start to the second half, Binnom-Williams burst into the box from the left and shot from a narrow angle, forcing Muric into a good save.

Little over a minute later, Muric was called upon again, touching wide a good long-range effort from O’Grady.

City appealed for a penalty when Lukas Nmecha went down inside the area after being put clean through on goal, one-on-one with Joe Anyon.

Joe Rowley replaced Diego De Girolamo in the 72nd minute and he made an instant impact. After a great passing move on the left, Binnom-Williams floated a terrific cross into the box to find Rowley, who expertly aimed his header down low into the corner of the net to put the Spireites a goal up.

Little over a minute later, the Spireites were also a man up. In a 50/50 challenge, Oliver crashed into Kellett with his studs raised, forcing the referee to issue a straight red card.

A second goal would’ve meant the Spireites topping the group. Trying to grab a second, Binnom-Williams made another great run into the City’s box and forced Muric into another good save.

Rowley had another chance to add to his tally. However, after wriggling free deep inside the box, he could only put the ball straight at Muric.

Four minutes from time, City snatched an equaliser thanks to a brilliant free-kick from Ed Francis. Twenty yards out, he curled the ball into the net with Anyon rooted to the spot.

Two minutes later, City snatched the lead, A quick breakaway into the box ended with Lukas Nmecha making no mistake, guiding the ball past Anyon.

Deep into stoppage time, O’Grady nearly grabbed an equaliser when his header forced Muric to make an excellent save down low to his left.

Little over a minute later, O’Grady made no mistake when fired past Muric after meeting Bradley Barry's cross.

That set up a penalty shoot-out. O’Grady, Rowley and Reed and converted for the Spireites and Nmecha, Ed Francis and Taylor Richards scored for City. Then Demeaco Duhaney stepped up and his weak effort was saved by Anyon.  

Tyreke Wilson then dragged his effort well wide of the target and up stepped Sam Hird, who sent Muric the wrong way, slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

The Spireites will now travel to Fleetwood Town next Tuesday night.

Chesterfield: Anyon, Barry, Hird (C), Maguire, Binnom-Williams, Reed, McCourt (Weir 57'), Dimaio (Wakefield 85'), De Girolamo (Rowley 72'), O'Grady, Kellett.

Substitutes: Parkin (gk), Wiseman, Dennis, Briggs

Manchester City U21s: Muric, Duhaney, Wilson, Oliver, Francis, Davenport, Dele-Bishiru, Smith (Richards 69'), Nmecha (C), Diloruson (Diallo 80'), Garre (Gonzalez 63').

Substitutes not used:  Sokol (gk), Latibeaudiere.

Attendance: 1,266

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Ticket News

Manchester City U21 Tickets Now on Sale

27 November 2017

Tickets for the Spireites' final Checkatrade Trophy northern group F match with Manchester City U21s on Wednesday (7pm), are now on sale at the Proact ticket office and online.

Prices for the match are as follows: -

Category Price
Adult £10
Concessions £5
17-21s £5
U16s £1

Supporters are advised that currently, tickets are only available in the Van Yard (West) Stand.

If the match is won after 90 minutes, the winning team will pick up three points, while if the fixture finishes as a draw then both teams will pick up a point.

However, the outcome will be decided by a penalty shoot-out, with the victorious team picking up an additional point.

If the Spireites were to win via either method, they would progress into the competition's second round.

Should they finish as group winners they will take on Oldham Athletic at home, or if they were to finish as runners up, Chesterfield would face a trip to Fleetwood Town. 

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