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PREVIEW: Rotherham United

2 October 2017

Jack Lester’s first away match in charge of the Spireites comes at Rotherham United tomorrow, in a Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group F fixture, 7pm. Here’s our match preview……………

Tickets

Tickets for the match are now off sale on the ticket office website, but remain on sale at the Proact ticket office until 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday, October 3).

Supporters are advised that they are also able to pay on the day, from the cash only away ticket office, which opens at 6pm, adult and concession tickets will increase by £2.

Prices for supporters wishing to buy their tickets at Rotherham are as follows: -

  • Adults - £12
  • Concessions - £7
  • Juveniles (18 and under) - £1

Format

The trip to the New York Stadium is the second of the Spireites' three group stage fixtures in this competition, in their previous Checkatrade Trophy match the Spireites were defeated 4-2 by Bradford City at home.

Their final game is at home to Manchester City U21s on Wednesday, November 29.

If a match is won after 90 minutes, the winning team will pick up three points, should a fixture finish 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.

Team News

Rotherham will be without defender Ben Purrington who has been ruled out for a fortnight with a hamstring injury.

Lester has stated that he’ll use the match to take a further look at his squad. One player who could be back in contention is Bradley Barry, after the defender completed the final match of his three-game ban against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Midfielder Connor Dimaio will be unavailable however, as he is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland U21s. Laurence Maguire will also miss out after suffering concussion in training last week, while Lester will check on the fitness of Tommy Lee and Sam Hird after both picked up knocks against Cheltenham.

The opposition

Manager – Paul Warne

A former Millers player, Paul Warne, is in 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.

He’s lead the Millers to eighth position in Sky Bet League One this campaign and the Millers head into the match in good form with four victories from their last six outings.

One to watch - Kieffer Moore

Millers striker Moore has started the 2017/18 campaign in impressive fashion, with nine goals and an assist to his name, his most recent goal gave Rotherham a 1-0 victory over Northampton Town at the weekend.

Moore joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Ipswich Town in the summer, having previously joined the Tractor Boys from Forest Green in January on an 18-month contract.

He started out with non-league Truro City and Dorchester Town before moving to Yeovil Town in June 2013, a spell with Norwegian side Viking Stavanger followed before he signed for Forest Green Rovers in 2016, later that year he would go on to enjoy a loan spell with Torquay United where he scored five goals in four appearances. 

Head to Head

Since the first encounter between the two clubs on Christmas Day, 1925 (which the Spireites won 1-0), there have been 72 meetings, with the overall record in Chesterfield’s favour: -

Rotherham – 19 wins

Draws – 13

Chesterfield – 40 wins.

There have been two previous matches in this competition’s various formats, with the latest coming on January 11, 2000.

The Spireites were victorious on that occasion 4-1, thanks to a Guy Branston own goal and strikes from Steve Blatherwick, Steve Wilkinson and David Reeves.

From the dugout

Lester believes that the fixture at the New York Stadium is a beneficial one for both the players and coaching staff, while also outlining what he'd like to see from his team and what he expects from the Millers.

He said: “You want to win every game and I want to see some of the things that we’ve been talking about and what we’ve been looking at on the training ground. So, if we’re doing things right we’ll be looking to win the game.

“I think they may make one or two changes and give others a chance to play, but we’re expecting a very tough game, it always is away at Rotherham.”

Can't get to Rotherham? 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

McCourt Header Gives Spireites Win Over Millers

3 October 2017

Jak McCourt headed a last gasp winner to give Jack Lester a first win for the club as manager in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Spireites started well as Diego De Girolamo scored his first Spireites goal early on before, in the second half, Will Vaulks levelled for Rotherham United.

The manager made five changes from the side that lost at the weekend, Joe Anyon, McCourt and Andy Kellett came in as did fit again Joe Rowley for his first minutes of the season plus back from suspension Bradley Barry.

Sam Hird was named as one of Spireites five substitutes but picked up a knock in the warm up so Jordan Sinnott deputised.

Chesterfield had lost their opening group game, 4-2 at home to Bradford City whilst Millers opener was a 1-1 draw here against the youngsters from Manchester City; Brighton loanee Richard Towell was the only Rotherham man that started in Paul Warne's side's win at home to Northampton Town three days earlier.

Two Millers men, Akeem Hinds and Emmanuel Onariase, were making their club debuts whilst Alex Bray started for the first time.

Towell got the game's first shot in following Anthony Forde's right sided free kick in the fourth minute and Anyon had to race to the edge of his box to gather ahead of Jerry Yates soon afterwards in what was predominantly a cagey opening to the game.

Spireites took the lead in the ninth minute when Barry fed right-sider Rowley and his ball towards De Girolamo, playing as one of two strikers in a 4-4-2, took a deflection which held it up kindly to allow the Blades loanee to chip former Chesterfield keeper Richard O' Donnell and give his home town team a great start.

The goal knocked the wind out of The Millers sails, Chris O'Grady playing against one of his previous clubs, delivering the next shot, saved by O'Donnell on 21, United not mustering their next shot until 25 when Ian Evatt blocked and McCourt put the ball behind for a corner that didn't trouble the all-blue rearguard.

Jonson Clarke-Harris hit the wall from a central free kick and that ended United's first half shots as the visitors looked solid, playing with pragmatism at the back and with Rowley and Jordan Flores always looking capable of causing problems down the flanks.

Ben Wiles came on at the break for Millers for his senior debut. McCourt hit a long range pile driver just over within a minute of the restart and Rowley just couldn't find the space for a shot as Spireites came out of the traps quickly.

De Girolamo and O'Grady were both crowded out following a Barry ball in ahead of Clarke-Harris heading just over at the other end. Sinnott came on for Rowley who'd made a promising return after recovering from a broken collar bone picked up in the pre-season trip to Portugal.

Clarke-Harris forced a decent save from Anyon just shy of the hour mark as Rotherham began to build up some pressure and they strengthened their side bringing on David Ball and Joe Newell.

O'Grady and Ian Evatt had efforts in the same Spireites attack, blocked and across the face the results and Sinnott drove inches wide from 25 yards as the game began to really open up. Kristian Dennis are on for De Girolamo with 20 minutes remaining but the next action saw Millers level, Vaulks firing home from close range after a free kick was nodded down, his first goal since his Millers debut in August 2016.

Three consecutive corners for Rotherham kept the pressure on Spireites defence, but none of them was overly dangerous, but the pressure was building and sub Ball, who scored for Fleetwood against Chesterfield in The Northern Final of this competition in 2014, curled one just wide of the upright.

Dennis ran well to receive a Barry throw but his pull back just eluded O'Grady as Spireites sought to build some pressure of their own and Dennis hit high at the end of an excellent break from Chesterfield, with McCourt and Sinnott playing key roles in the rapid, flowing counter-attack.

Another quality attack led to Spireites 89th minute winner, a close range bullet header from McCourt from Flores's inch perfect cross from the left to mean Spireites have plenty to play for in the final group game against Manchester City on November 29 at The Proact.

Rotherham: O'Donnell, Emmanuel, Vaulks, Ajayi, Forde, Towell (Wiles HT), Clarke-Harris (Ball 64), Yates, Bray (Newell 64), Onariase, Hinds. Subs (not used): Bilboe, Mattock, Kayode, Murr.

Goal: Vaulks 71

Chesterfield: Anyon, Bradley, Evatt, Wiseman, Kellett, McCourt, Weir, Flores, Rowley (Sinnott 57), De Giralamo (Dennis 70), O'Grady. Subs (not used): Jones, Mitchell, Ugwu.

Goals: De Girolamo 9, McCourt 89

Ref: Darren Handley (Lancs)

Attendance: 2043 (227 from Chesterfield)

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Ticket News

Rotherham United Ticket Update

2 October 2017

Tickets for tomorrow night's Checkatrade Trophy fixture at Rotherham United will remain on sale at the Proact ticket office until 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday, October 3).

The tickets are no longer available on the ticket office website, but fans are advised that they can purchase tickets on the day at the New York Stadium from 6pm at the away ticket office (cash only), though there will be a £2 price increase for adults and concessions. 

Prices for supporters wishing to buy their tickets at Rotherham are as follows: -

  • Adults - £12
  • Concessions - £7
  • Juveniles (18 and under) - £1

The match kicks off at 7pm.

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