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Gillingham Preview

9 October 2015

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After three successive away games, the Spireites return home on Saturday and square-up with high-flying Gillingham at the Proact Stadium.

Tickets for the match are online and ready to buy now, and will also be available ahead of kick-off at the Proact for what promises to be a good game between two footballing sides.

Team News

Striker Lee Novak is rated as 50-50 by his manager as he steps up his rehab after injury, while Byron Harrison is expected to be out for another fortnight with a knee problem suffered during the recent reserve team win at Scunthorpe United.

Skipper Sam Morsy returns to the squad after suspension ruled him out of Tuesday's match at Spotland, while Ian Evatt is just one yellow away from the same ban after picking up four cautions so far this season.

Armand Gnanduillet won't be involved after his loan switch to Stevenage was rubber-stamped on Thursday, with on-loan Jack Fitzwater also now absent following his return to West Brom this week.

The Gills visit the Proact without the injured trio of Doug Loft, Deji Oshilaja and Ryan Jackson as they look to close the four-point gap to Burton Albion at the top of the Sky Bet League 1 table.

Form Guide

The Spireites snapped their three-match losing streak with a 2-1 win at Crewe Alexandra last Saturday, though with a much-changed and youthful side Dean Saunders' men departed the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday at Rochdale.

With attacking midfielder Bradley Dack leading the way with five goals, the Gills head into the match riding high and fourth in the Sky Bet League 1 table.

Gillingham beat Luton Town in the JPT on Tuesday night, further putting their two away defeats at the end of September behind them. 

Justin Edinburgh's side have a near-perfect home record this season, but the Spireites may find hope in the fact that the Gills have secured just one point from their last four away games.

From the Dugout

Speaking to PlayerHD, Saunders spoke about young attacking pair Mani Dieseruvwe and Rai Simons, who both came in for full debuts and impressed in the win at Gresty Road last weekend.

The manager commented: "They're in my first team plans and they're good young players, they're going to have ups and down as young players do. If you want consistency you've got to sign a 30-year-old, but with young players that comes with experience.

"You've got to stick with them, keep coaching them, keep teaching them how to be good professionals so they have good habits and so they know how to win without playing well.

"All these things you need to learn but you don't get that when you're 18 or 19, so we have to keep persevering with them and I'll keep sticking them in and they'll get stronger as they go on."


Gillingham ride high in the table alongside the likes of Burton Albion and Walsall - and the Spireites manager feels that the length of time those squads have spent together is a key factor in their early successes.

"When you've got a group of players that have been together a long time that happens," he said. "When you have teams together it will click and I hope that happens with us.

"We've got to play well ourselves, we've played some great football and we've not nicked any points; all the games we've won we've deserved to win and made loads of chances most weeks but not taken as many as I'd like and leaked a few goals.

"In most of the home games we've played well and if we play like that and take our chances we'll win"

To ensure you don't miss a goal, kick or goal kick stick with the official club media outlets on Saturday afternoon. We've got live commentary here on PlayerHD as well as the usual Twitter coverage and Facebook updates.

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