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PREVIEW: Coventry City

1 September 2017

The Spireites return to Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow afternoon, when they take on Coventry City at the Proact, 3pm. Here is our 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 right up until kick off, 3pm.

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

Team News

Spireites boss, Gary Caldwell, will include new signings Diego De Girolamo, Zak Jules and Matthew Briggs in his match day squad, after their arrivals this week.

Caldwell however, will be without the services of Bradley Barry, Connor Dimaio, Joe Rowley and Jerome Binnom-Williams for tomorrow’s clash due to injury.

Opponents Coventry will have new signing Tom Davies in their squad, after the defender arrived from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee on Thursday.

The opposition

Manager – Mark Robins

The former Manchester United and Norwich City striker was appointed manager of the Sky Blues for a second time in March, succeeding Russell Slade.

His first job in management was with Rotherham United in 2007 before moving on to Barnsley two years later. Robins’ first spell at Coventry began in 2012 and preceded jobs at Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

Robins lead Coventry to the Checkatrade Trophy last season, but was unable to prevent their relegation to League Two. So far this season, he’s lead the Sky Blues to two wins and two defeats from their opening four league matches.

One to watch - Jodi Jones

Jones joined the Sky Blues in March 2016 after impressing during a loan spell from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Following an impressive start to the season, the winger attracted interest from League One side Oxford United, but thankfully for the Coventry faithful the club managed to retain his services.

The 19-year-old has already beaten his goal scoring feat of last season, thanks to a hat trick in the club’s opening day victory over Notts County.

Head to Head

Saturday’s clash will be only the 29th between the two clubs since they first met in March 1926, on that occasion the Spireites claimed a 4-3 victory.

But while Chesterfield emerged victorious in the opening encounter, it’s the Sky Blues who hold the upper hand, with the full record as follows: -

Chesterfield – 9 (wins)
Draws – 6
Coventry – 13 (wins)

The Spireites did however win the last meeting between the sides 1-0 in January, thanks to a fine strike by midfielder Dan Gardner.

From the dugout

After a frustrating couple of games since their last home league fixture, Chesterfield now find themselves at the foot of the table.

And while admitting that the staff and players are frustrated with events on the field, Caldwell believes his team can turn things around, starting with tomorrow’s game with the Sky Blues.

He said: "Coventry are a good side, it'll be a tough game and we're looking forward to the challenge.

"We have to stick to what we believe in, we have a group of players ready to do something about where we find ourselves, the players are positive and I believe results will come."

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

Ten-man Spireites Hold Sky Blues

2 September 2017

Chesterfield fought out a goal-less draw with Coventry City in a game which saw the Spireites reduced to ten men when Robbie Weir was sent-off.

The first half saw chances where either side could have gone ahead with Peter Vincenti twice going close for the visitors.

Both of his opportunities were free headers, the first when he headed over from a corner before again heading off target after Jodi Jones got down the right.

The Spireites also had chances of their own. Jordan Flores went closest on 34 minutes as his free-kick was well-saved by Lee Burge.

Kristian Dennis also threatened to score. He seized on a loose ball at the back from Jack Grimmer, but saw his snap-shot kept out.

Neither side could break each other down sufficiently in the first half though, with most of the attempts at goal coming from long range.

Coventry's Marc McNulty struck a tame effort after 13 minutes straight at Lee, before forcing the Chesterfield keeper into making a harder stop with an excellent dipping volley.

Meanwhile Chesterfield had efforts from outside the box also saved. Matt Briggs was kept out in the opening 20 minutes whilst Dennis failed to really trouble Burge with a curling shot.

The major talking point of the game came in the second half when, with an hour on the clock, Spireites midfielder Weir was sent off. He received his first yellow card for bringing down Jones at the start of the second period, before being given his marching orders for a trip on the same Sky Blues player on 60 minutes.

Before that, Lee made a spectacular save which ultimately earned his side a point, as McNulty's ferocious effort was tipped onto the bar and behind.

The hosts struggled to create following the red card, and their only chance in the second half came from the boot of Chris O'Grady, who dragged his shot wide from the edge of the area on 64 minutes.

Weir's dismissal invited Coventry pressure and they went close on multiple occasions. They looked to have found a winner with just over ten minutes remaining, only for it to be disallowed after Vincenti headed home but was deemed offside.

McNulty, meanwhile, spurned a brilliant chance one-on-one, and then missed an even simpler opportunity, heading wide from a matter of yards out when it looked easier to score.

Chesterfield went desperately close to scoring a dramatic late winner through substitute Gozie Ugwu. Deep into injury time he got in behind and into the penalty area, but just as he was about to pull the trigger, he was denied by a Sky Blues defender. The resulting corner from Ugwu's blocked shot was then headed over by Ian Evatt with the last touch of the game.

Chesterfield: Lee, Wiseman, Hird, Evatt, Jules, Dennis (De Girolamo 79), Flores, Weir, Reed, Briggs (Kellett 66) O'Grady (Ugwu 72). 

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