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PREVIEW: Cambridge United

20 October 2017

Chesterfield's next fixture sees them make the trip to 13th placed Cambridge United on Saturday for a 3pm kick off. Here's our match preview…….


Tickets are now off sale through the Proact ticket office and on the ticket office website.

However, tickets will be available to purchase on the day but supporters travelling should be advised there will be a £2 increase.

Ticket prices on the day are as follows -

Adults - £18
Seniors (64+) - £14
Students (with valid NUS card) - £14
Young adults (18-21) - £14
U18s - £10
U12 - £7

Team news

Cambridge will have a near full strength side this Saturday with Ade Azeez being the only player currently on the U's treatment table.

As for the Spireites, they will once again be without goalkeeper Tommy Lee as he recovers from injury. Gozie Ugwu and Jerome Binnom-Williams meanwhile also remain out.

Chris O'Grady has been struggling with a slight back problem but was on the bench for the win over Crawley and should be fit for this weekend.

The opposition

Manager - Shaun Derry

The former midfielder has been in charge of the U's since November 2015 and took over at the club having previously been at Notts County.

Derry began and ended his playing career at County, but also had spells with a host of football league clubs including Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Millwall. He meanwhile played in three Premier League campaigns, once with Crystal Palace and twice with QPR in the twilight of his career.

His adventure into management started in November 2013, taking over Notts County and helping them survive relegation. However, in March of the following season he was sacked from his position as manager after his side had won just three of their last 24 games.

In his first season at Cambridge he guided them to a ninth-place finish, before ending the 2016/17 campaign in 11th.

One to watch - Uche Ikpeazu

One of the standout players for Cambridge so far, this season has been Uche Ikpeazu who leads the club's scoring charts with five strikes.

Ikpeazu started his career with Reading but signed for Watford in 2013 after rejecting a professional contract with the Royals. He never made a first team appearance whilst at the Hornets, and had to make deal with a handful of loan spells, gaining experience at the likes of Crewe, Doncaster, Port Vale and Blackpool.

He then joined Cambridge permanently in 2016 and has played close to 50 times for the club since arriving.

Head to head

The two clubs have met 12 times in their history, with the last meeting coming in 2002 when the Spireites were defeated 4-1 away from home.

Chesterfield have won seven of those games, drawing once and losing four times to Saturday's opponents.

The pick of those games is a 4-2 Chesterfield win from the 1999/00 season when Dave Reeves scored all four of the Spireites' goals.

From the dugout

Chesterfield boss Jack Lester has been speaking about confidence following the win over Crawley Town in the week.

The victory on Tuesday will be huge for the club going into this weekend's game, but Lester acknowledges the challenge ahead.

He said: "It was a very solid performance on Tuesday, everyone worked hard and we played fast attacking football.

"Confidence is massive in football and you only get that by winning games. Cambridge have a good manager and got a good win in the week, it'll be a tough game."

Can't get to the Cambs Glass Stadium? 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

Cambridge Come Back to Beat Spireites

21 October 2017

Chesterfield took a second half lead through Kristian Dennis after being set up by just-on sub Matt Briggs but Cambridge United then used the blustery conditions well to equalise direct from a free-kick, Jevani Brown with the leveller. Just eight minutes later Uche Ikpeazu won it for the home side, anticipating well to convert from close in.

After both teams won in midweek, unsurprisingly both managers selected unchanged teams meaning ex -Spireite Liam O'Neil was on the bench for Chesterfield's first visit to this ground since 2002.

Chris O'Grady didn't make the trip due to a back problem allowing Jordan Sinnott to return to the matchday squad.

With a blustery bit of Storm Brian at the backs of the blue kitted Spireites, George Maris beat the breeze to get in the game's first shot but Joe Anyon gathered with ease.

Jordan Flores was unlucky to see the ball nicked off his toe in the six yard box after Scott Wiseman and Andy Kellett combined to open up the U's rearguard. Kellett soon found himself behind the home back line again but his delivery in was scrambled clear as Chesterfield were spending plenty of time in the opposition's half.

Wiseman overlapped Kellett and delivered a teasing cross but keeper David Forde jumped high to get there ahead of Flores as Spireites continued to enjoy the majority of the ball.

Wiseman blocked a shot from Greg Taylor before Brad Halliday looped up a 17th minute ball that dropped into the net but referee Busby ruled the effort out for a foul on Anyon.

Spireites earned the first corner of the game, on the left, but Louis Reed's kick was cleared away. Jabo Ibehre fired over after Brown nicked the ball in midfield and put a perfectly weighted ball through for the striker who should have done better from 10 yards.

Flores teased out a right sided corner, he took the kick himself but the ball didn't beat the near post defender.

Robbie Weir had to leave the field to have a bloodied nose patched up at a point in the game where both sides were struggling to create chances with the wind beginning to play a real part in proceedings.

Kellett's cross was deflected for a corner after a rapid move from defence but an offside flag halted the short corner routine. Piers Mingoia's shot from the right corner of the box clipped a blue sock and went out for the home side's first corner that saw Brown shoot wide from a swivel shot, the last attacking call of the first half.

HT 0-0

Brown used the wind to float in a free-kick that deceived Anyon and went out for a corner that was overhit and flew straight out for a Spireites throw which wasn't cleared and U's garnered another corner which Brown kicked straight out to ease the pressure.

Ian Evatt headed away another Brown free-kick as United sought to use the wind to their advantage, seeking to find the heads of their two six-foot-plus strikers, Anyon punched clear as another teaser was delivered into the box.

Briggs came on for Wiseman and the sub received from Flores, his first involvement, he dashed into the box and squared a perfect ball for Dennis to find the net from two yards for his 9th of the season.

Conor Dimaio replaced Kellett. Joe Rowley cut back for Reed to shoot, his 20 yard left footer deflected for a corner and Sam Hird headed Flores's corner but Forde caught the ball on the line.

Shaun Derry made a double substitution on 64 to try and boost his team and on 70 the hosts were level. Reed fouled Brown by the touchline on Cambridge's right, he was carded for the challenge. Brown took the kick himself and used the wind well, seeing the ball drift in just under the bar.

Rowley found Dennis but Spireites main marksman didn't find the power he wanted from the shot and his effort was blocked. Ikpeazu used his strength well but his shot passed the upright and the same player then anticipated the drop of the ball in the wind but this time hit too high.

Medy Elito hit high but United's pressure told when Brown's shot was well saved and Ikpeazu popped in the loose ball from close range. Anyon saved from Ikpeazu as the confident hosts stepped up a gear.

Spireites won a corner and used the initiative to stay in the final third for a while with Reed, Rowley and Dimaio all involved in solid play. Diego De Girolamo came on for Weir with time ticking away. Evatt was carded for a box-edge foul but Brown drifted this one far too high.

De Girolamo won a corner but United cleared as Chesterfield looked to grab a late leveller which looked on when Dennis gathered but Halliday made a fantastic tackle to nick the ball from the well positioned striker.

Four minutes of added time was signalled as United sought to keep the ball in the corner segment and their tactics worked well as Spireites were unable to find a way out of their own half until three and a half of those had been played and then Flores hit high with the game's final kick.

No midweek game, so it's Carlisle United at home next Saturday as Jack Lester seeks to guide his team to a first Proact win.

Cambridge: Forde, Halliday, Taylor, Legge, Carroll, Deegan, Maris (Dunk 64), Brown, Mingoia (Elito 64), Ikpeazu, Ibehre. Subs (not used): Mitov, Taft, O'Neil, Foy, Hawkins.

Goals: Brown 70, Ikpeazu 78

Chesterfield: Anyon, Barry, Evatt, Hird, Wiseman (Briggs 53), Weir (De Girolamo 82), Reed, Rowley, Kellett (Dimaio 58), Flores, Dennis. Subs (not used): Jones, Maguire, McCourt, Sinnott.

Goal: Dennis 55

Ref: John Busby (Oxfordshire)

Bookings: Reed, Evatt, Flores (Chesterfield)

Attendance: 4529 (422 from Chesterfield)

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