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Rochdale EFL Cup Preview

8 August 2016

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The EFL Cup action starts here as the Spireites play away at Rochdale in the first round on Tuesday night, just three days after starting their league campaign.

The 7:45pm kick-off is Chesterfield's first cup action of the fledgling season, with the prize of a place in the second round later this month on offer to the victors in Greater Manchester.


No tickets were made available to away supporters in advance of the tie and Spireites fans can buy tickets on the day at Spotland.

Further details and prices can be found here.

Team News

Chesterfield head to Lancashire with no new injury worries after the trip to Oxford United on Saturday, and Sam Hird returns to the travelling party after missing Saturday's game though a suspension carried over from last season.

Left-back Dan Jones remains on the sidelines, with specialist appointments booked and no timescale yet in place for his return. Manager Danny Wilson commented that his side were tired after Saturday's match and he would make changes if necessary.

Dale have signed midfielder Joe Thompson since their season-opening loss at Peterborough United, the 27-year-old returning for a third Spotland spell on a six-month deal after impressing in training.

Thompson's return comes with manager Keith Hill facing a number of injuries to his squad, including Matty Lund, Peter Vincenti, Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Ollie Rathbone.

Form Guide

Down at the break on Saturday at the Kassam Stadium, a strong second-half showing allowed the Spireites to capture a point from their first game of the season.

A rasping Ched Evans freekick drew Chesterfield level 76 minutes in, with Wilson suggesting after the game that his side could have recorded even more than one point had their finishing been more clinical.

Dale's League One starter ended in heartbreaking fashion at home to Peterborough United. Twice taking first-half leads but twice being pegged back, Gwion Edwards' last-minute header saw the Posh steal all the points in a 3-2 win.

From the Dugout

Speaking to PlayerHD ahead of the first round tie, Wilson was sure that Dale's late loss at the weekend would have little effect on their strength as they face his side.

"As always, they're very well organised," he said. "They're strong at home and they come at you and are very attack-minded, as they were on Saturday against Peterborough.

"They were very unfortunate not to get a result on Saturday, and they'll be very disappointed to lose a goal late in the game as they did.

"We know it's going to a strong team that comes up against us and they'll have the same sort of outlook on the tie as we have."

Wilson also stressed the importance of the early rounds of the competition, hoping to avoid a similar exit as the Spireites experienced away at this stage to Carlisle last season.

"These rounds are the most important ones, because a lot of teams do fall by the wayside at this stage and when you do take these games a little too lightly it certainly comes back and bites your backside.

"We understand that no matter who we drew in the first round it would be tough away from home. That gives us that little bit of extra incentive to get a result.

"It doesn't really matter about the performance it's about getting through, and yes it is very important to us, just as it is for Rochdale with the extra finances it can bring."

We will have live coverage direct from Spotland on Tuesday night. Social media is covered by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, with live commentary on PlayerHD, the only place online to hear the Spireites.

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