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PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley

15 September 2017

Following two away fixtures, the Spireites return to the Proact tomorrow, when they take on Accrington Stanley in a Sky Bet League Two fixture, 3pm. Here's our match preview......


Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.


Tickets are available for Spireites supporters right up until kick off, 3pm.

A full list of prices and availability can be found here.

Team News

Spireites boss, Gary Caldwell is likely to once again be without the services of Joe Rowley and Jerome Binnom-Williams for tomorrow’s clash due to injury.

However, there is better news for the Spireites, with midfielder Connor Dimaio being back in contention to feature, after recovering from the ankle injury he suffered against Bradford City last month.

Accrington will check on the fitness of striker Billy Kee after he suffered a dead leg in the 2-1 home defeat to Grimsby Town in midweek.

Goalkeeper Max Stryjek and Ben Richards-Everton will once again miss out with hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively.

The opposition

Manager – John Coleman

Now in his second spell as Accrington manager, Coleman is a hugely popular figure at the Wham Stadium.

Initially appointed as player/manager in 1999, Coleman guided the club through the non-league pyramid and back into the EFL in 2006, five years later, he took them to the League Two play offs, where they were defeated by Stevenage.

He departed Stanley in 2012 to join Rochdale, whom he managed for a year before spells with Southport and Irish side, Sligo Rovers, he returned to Accrington in September 2014.

After a 13th place finish in League Two last season, Coleman has begun this season in impressive fashion, guiding Stanley to third place after their opening seven games, with just one defeat from their last five matches.

One to watch – Kayden Jackson

Much like his team, Jackson has begun the season in fine form, with five goals and an assist – including one on his debut against Colchester United and in midweek against his former club Grimsby.

A former England C international, Jackson joined the club in July for an undisclosed fee from Barnsley.

After starting out at Swindon Town, Jackson would go on to have a successful non-league career with Swindon Supermarine, Oxford City, Tamworth and Wrexham before signing for the Tykes in 2016.

Head to Head

The overall record between the two teams in their competitive meetings is a close one, as shown below: -

Chesterfield – 24 (wins)

Draws – 11

Accrington – 22 (wins)

And while Stanley won their last fixture at the Proact in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy, the Spireites have won five and drew one of their last six home league meetings.

Among this run was the 5-2 victory in November 2010, which was secured thanks to two goals each from Craig Davies and Danny Whitaker along with a Jack Lester strike.

From the dugout

After the spirited performance in the 1-1 draw with Colchester on Tuesday, Caldwell has called for more of the same in what will be a difficult fixture.

He said: “I was delighted with the character and desire that everyone showed to get a result in stadium where they were unbeaten, we came very close to winning so we can take a lot from that game into Saturday.

“We’ve worked extremely hard since Tuesday and we’ll prepare the players properly today, Accrington are a good team who play with no fear and get bodies forward, they’ll come here and put us under pressure.

“But as I say every week, I believe in this group of players and it’s up to us to go and impose ourselves on the game and get a win.”

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 weekend on the official site.

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Match Reports

Defeat Sparks Managerial Change

16 September 2017

The Spireites went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley on Saturday - a result which led to the departure of manager Gary Caldwell.

Kristian Dennis equalised from the penalty spot midway through the second half after Billy Kee opened the scoring, but substitute Mallik Wilks struck the winner for Accrington late on. Chesterfield also had Bradley Barry sent-off.

Caldwell made two changes to the starting line-up for what proved to be his final game in charge. Joe Anyon replaced the injured Tommy Lee in goal while Andy Kellett came in at the expense of Matthew Briggs, who was on the substitutes bench.

Anyon made a good save early on to keep out Sean McConville's effort.

Kellett then picked out Kristian Dennis inside the area, but Farrend Rawson and Mark Hughes combined to block his route to goal. 

Kee had a shot charged down before Jordan Flores had Chesterfield's first chance of the game, flicking a header wide.

Jordan Clark put a shot on target but it lacked the power to test Anyon.

Anyon was forced to touch Kee's header onto the bar and then tipped over Sean McConville's long-range effort.

The Spireites threatened early in the second half with Sam Hird having a shot blocked and Flores seeing his follow-up deflected over.

Dennis also had an effort well-saved by former Chesterfield keeper Aaron Chapman.

Chesterfield had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when Janoi Donacien appeared to handle the ball inside the area from Barry's cross.

Robbie Weir then saw his effort from distance went just over.

Chesterfield were reduced to ten men in the 63rd minute when Barry was shown the red card following a late challenge on Seamus Conneely.

Kayden Jackson had a shot blocked by Hird inside the area before Accrington took the lead.

McConville's cross from the left was brought down by Kee (68) at the far post and he fired past Anyon.

McConville then put a free-kick over and Jackson saw his long-range effort go off-target.

The Spireites pulled a goal back when Dennis (77) scored from the spot after being fouled inside the area.

Accrington applied pressure with Tyler Forbes seeing his shot turned wide by Anyon and Clark headed straight at the keeper.

Wilks (82) scored the winner, curling a low shot beyond Anyon from the edge of the area.

Wilks went close to a third for the visitors when his shot was saved by Anyon with his legs.

Chesterfield: Anyon, Hird, Wiseman, Barry, Jules (Ugwu 89), Kellett (Sinnott 73), Flores, Weir (O'Grady 73), Reed, De Girolamo, Dennis

Unused substitutes: Jones, Maguire, McCourt, Briggs

Accrington Stanley: Chapman, Hughes, Donacien, Nolan, Clark, Jackson (Wilks 77), McConville, Thorniley (Forbes 67), Rawson, Conneely, Kee

Unused substitutes: Brown, McLeod, Sykes, Johnson, Savin

Attendance: 4,487 (198 away fans)

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