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Coventry City Preview

27 December 2015

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Danny Wilson starts his Spireites managerial career in the side's last game of 2015 with the tough task of taking on promotion-chasing Coventry City at the Proact.

Tickets remain available to home fans on the day at the Proact ticket office (open from 9am - 3:15pm), and with Coventry selling-out their away allocation it promises to be a busy and bustling atmosphere in North Derbyshire.

We'll be using the #WelcomeHomeDanny hashtag on Twitter across the day, so join in with your own tweets for the new Spireites manager throughout matchday.

Team News

The Spireites welcome back skipper Sam Morsy after his two-game suspension and he is likely to come back into his normal midfield general role.

Both defender Charlie Raglan and midfielder Dan Gardner were withdrawn early with minor injury complaints in the Boxing Day loss to Peterborough United and will be assessed ahead of the 3pm kick-off.

Sky Blues midfielder James Maddison returned from a three-month lay off on Boxing Day, coming off the bench to net the winner in the narrow 1-0 victory over Port Vale, where John Fleck missed out completely with his own injury.

The visiting selection worries centre around the defence with Reda Johnson, Jordan Willis out long-term and loanee Ben Turner's temporary Ricoh Arena move cut short after he picked up an injury of his own.

Form Guide

Spireites supporters will need little reminding of their lean current run of form, stretching now to seven straight league losses, and the opening task for Wilson is to end the year with an improved result to inspire confidence for 2016.

The barren spell sees the Spireites perched precariously above the drop zone with 23 points from the side's 23 games this season.

Fourth in Sky Bet League 1 and just a couple of points behind leaders Walsall, Coventry know that a good result at the Proact could take them up into the automatic spots they are aiming for come season's end.

However, not all has been of plain sailing for the Sky Blues recently, the Christmas 1-0 win over Port Vale was their first three-point haul since mid-November after a run of three draws and just one win.

From the Dugout

Caretaker Mark Smith hands the team over to Wilson for the match and spoke about the new man and the challenges he has to face to get the team winning again.

Smith said: "Danny's seen us throughout the season so he'll have his own opinions, we've passed on a team that we've tried to work with as best as we can.

"I don't think he'll ever have walked into a job where everything is a-okay. He'll know from the experience he's got what he needs to do.

"He's got a team that's good some good professionals in it and where all the players are trying their best at the moment, hopefully a new man and a new voice will get some of the players playing as we know they can again."

Smith commented that he remains confident that the Spireites have the ability to turn thing around: "There's going to be people to pick from and I'm sure the gaffer will get a team out that will provide a good match for Coventry City.

"This is a league that can throw up surprises, we've got to go out and try and make a surprise start on Monday and build on it from there."

As ever, there are a number of ways to follow the action from the Proact, with live commentary on PlayerHD as well as the usual comprehensive coverage across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the official website.

All that, and don't forget to send in your tweets with #WelcomeHomeDanny as the hashtag.

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