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12 September 2017 Venue Weston Homes Community Stadium Attendance

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PREVIEW: Colchester United

11 September 2017

The Spireites are back on their travels tomorrow night, when they take on Colchester United, 7.45pm. Here's our match preview.........

Tickets

Tickets are now unavailable on the Proact ticket website, though fans can purchase tickets at the Proact ticket office until 4pm today (Monday, September 11).

Spireites supporters can purchase tickets on the day from the Weston Homes Community Stadium, though any tickets purchased will be subject to a £2 price increase.

Team News

Colchester will check on the fitness of Sean Murray and Frankie Kent, after both picked up knocks in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Crawley Town.

The U’s will however, be without the services of injury victims Kurtis Guthrie, Luke Prosser, Craig Slater and Brennan Dickenson.

After Saturday’s defeat at Crewe Alexandra, Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell confirmed that he will be making changes for the match.

One of which could be the return of midfielder Robbie Weir, who missed Saturday’s fixture at the Alexandra Stadium through suspension.

The Spireites are set to once again be without Connor Dimaio, Joe Rowley and defender Jerome Binnom-Williams due to injury.

The opposition

Manager – John McGreal

Former Tranmere Rovers and Ipswich Town defender, John McGreal, became Colchester’s permanent manager in May 2016, following the club’s relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

In his first full campaign with the club he guided them to an eighth placed finish, missing out with on the play offs by just two points. He was also named Manager of the Month for January.

So far, this campaign, he’s overseen a mixed start to the season with two wins, three defeats and draw from their opening six matches.

One to watch - Sammie Szmodics

After suffering a broken leg in the match with Crewe in March, Colchester attacking midfielder Sammie Szmodics, has enjoyed a fruitful start to the new season with three goals and an assist from the U’s opening fixtures.

His latest goal came in the eighth minute of Saturday’s win over Crawley thanks to fine left-footed volley.

Szmodics has been with the club since the age of seven and after rising through the club’s ranks, went on to make his debut for the first team in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City in September 2013.

Head to Head

In the 60 previous meetings between the two sides it’s Colchester who hold a slight advantage over Chesterfield, the overall record stands at.

Colchester – 26 wins

Draws – 15

Chesterfield – 19 wins.

Encouragingly, since their move to the Weston Homes Community Stadium in 2008, Colchester’s record against the Spireites is a mixed one with two defeats, one draw and a victory in the four meetings.

Chesterfield’s two victories have both ended with a 2-1 score line, with the most recent coming last season in the FA Cup first round, where goals from Jay O’Shea and Ched Evans cancelled out Tariqe Fusu-Henry’s strike.

From the dugout

Following the defeat in South Cheshire, Caldwell knows that this fixture has taken on greater significance and has called for a response from his team.

He said: “We need players to stand up and there will be changes for the game.

“The players who are in now aren’t doing it so we’ll have to make changes.”

Can't get to Colchester? 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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