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Burnley Pre-season Preview

24 July 2015

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Former Spireites hero Sean Dyche brings his Burnley side to the Proact Stadium for a pre-season friendly, and the once Chesterfield captain is sure to get a very warm home welcome.

Dyche spent seven years at Saltergate with Chesterfield in the nineties in a spell that included play-off final victories and, of course, the 1997 FA Cup semi-final run, where he captained the side and scored the second goal against Middlesbrough.

The 44-year-old will now be attempting to fire his Burnley side straight back to the Premier League after spending last season in the top flight with the big boys.

Chesterfield play their second testing pre-season match of the week, and after Tuesday's 3-1 Hull City defeat - where the Spireites impressed in the first half - they will be relishing another tough challenge against higher division opponents.

Home and away supporters can buy tickets for the game pre-match on Saturday, with the admission costing £12 for adults and £6 for concessions.

Team News

The Spireites enter the game without any fresh injury concerns - the squad coming through the match with the Tigers with a clean bill of health.

That leaves just goalkeeper Aaron Chapman and defender Drew Talbot in the treatment room, with Talbot closing in on full fitness again after suffering a hamstring strain during the off season.

Burnley will arrive in Derbyshire short of some of their key attacking players, as Sam Vokes, Jelle Vossen and Marvin Sordell all have minor injuries and are likely to be rested against the Spireites.

That leaves former Coventry City front man Lukas Jutkiewicz as the only available striker for the Clarets as return from a two-game trip to Scotland which included wins over Rangers and St Mirren. 

From the Dugout

Following on from the match with Hull City, assistant manager Brian Carey gave his take on another tough match against a recent Premier League side.

He said: "I'd like to see the same again in terms of performance and for everyone to come through again without picking up any injuries, that's the whole idea for now.

"I think once we get tomorrow's game out the way we can start knuckling down and focusing on getting results and winning games.

"It's a great test for everybody, we're delighted we're able to get teams like Burnley to come down here and we're all really looking forward to it.

"There was a good atmosphere at the game on Tuesday, the supporters were great and we showed them in patches what we're capable of - now we'll be trying to make those patches a little bit longer and hopefully we can get what we need out of the game."

With the management new to the Chesterfield squad, Carey says that while he and manager Dean Saunders are putting their first team together there are still chances for others to force their way into their playing plans.

"The team is taking shape now, but there's still time for people to enter our minds. We've got a training session this afternoon and it only takes a session or an instance for us to look at somebody in a different light.

"That's one reason for coming into training every day, and players of that ilk who have that attitude will think that today's their day and that they can grasp it as much as they can."

If you're not able to get to the Proact for the match you can still follow the Spireites' progress. There will be live full-match commentary from 2:45pm on Spireites PlayerHD, there will be minute-by-minute updates on the club's Twitter page, and score updates on Facebook.


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