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Shrewsbury Town Preview

19 August 2016

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Two Proact wins in a week have raised hopes and the Spireites' league position as they travel to Shrewsbury Town to renew acquaintances on Saturday afternoon.

Chesterfield will be looking to emulate the outcomes of their two Shrews match-ups last season, with an early-season 2-1 away win and that magnificent seven goals in the Proact return in the new year.


Spireites fans can buy tickets on the day at the New Meadow, without a price increase, all the details can be read and noted here

Away fans are asked to note that tickets are cash only on matchday.

Police have also advised fans making the trip from Chesterfield to be aware of V Festival, taking place along the route, with alternate roads recommended to be used.

Team News

There was a worrying point during Tuesday's Walsall win when both full-backs, Paul McGinn and Dion Donohue, were on the turf receiving treatment, though both are expected to be fit for Saturday's match.

During the week, defender Sam Hird has received some extra rest after three quick-fire games to start his season, but the Spireites squad is otherwise fit and raring to go.

Micky Mellon's men have had a bout of illness in the squad this week, while striker AJ Leitch-Smith is back in training after recovering from a hamstring injury and is in with a chance of featuring against the Spireites.

Positive news for the Shrews comes from the availability of loan duo Moha El Ouriachi and George Waring, who are both in-line for home debuts after joining from Stoke City.

Form Guide

The Spireites' two-game home stand couldn't have gone much better, with a 3-1 Swindon Town win followed up with a 2-0 Walsall success, sending the side top of the table for 24 hours with an unbeaten seven points from their three Sky Bet League 1 games.

By contrast, Shrewsbury have managed just the one point so far, away at Coventry City, and suffered a 3-0 loss away at Charlton Athletic in midweek.

The Spireites will have slightly less New Meadow pitch to play on than last season, as over the summer the Shrews' pitch has been shortened slightly to 110 yards in length, making it a similar size to the rest of the pitches in English football.

From the Dugout

Despite the Shrews' winless start to the campaign, manager Danny Wilson knows that when his opposite number's new players gain a collective understanding, they will become a strong opponent.

He explained: "From Shrewsbury's point of view, they've had a lot of players come into the club over pre-season. Micky's completely overhauled the team and the squad so that will take a little bit of time to gel together.

"When he finds his best 11, which he will sooner or later, you can't dismiss what's in front of you just because they've lost a couple of games from their first three.

"They've got a very strong side and an experienced side more than anything, so it will be a really tough game but the pressure's on them. They're back at home, they're expected to win at home and when that first win's alluded you it puts that extra pressure on."

Wilson is also aware that far from having a single stand-out player, Shrewsbury have a number of threats who could harm the Spireites.

"You could pinpoint five or six key men, they've got potential match-winners in lots of positions, as well as with boys who haven't played.

"Overall, when they start to gel they'll start picking points up, no doubt about it."

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