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PREVIEW: Bolton Wanderers

16 December 2016

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The Spireites face a difficult pre-Christmas test on Saturday as third-placed Bolton Wanderers come to the Proact for a Sky Bet League 1 encounter.

Supporters can buy tickets for the match right up to kick-off without having to pay any extra for their tickets.


Home and away supporters are asked to note that the Tesco Extra supermarket adjacent to the Proact has informed the club that they will be enforcing their two-hour parking restrictions on matchdays.

Team News

Jon Nolan serves the second game of his three-match ban and joins Conor Wilkinson on the sidelines, with the on-loan striker unable to play against his parent club.

Better news comes from the treatment table, with Sam Hird a possible returnee after his hernia operation, while the game comes too early for Paul McGinn (hamstring) and Angel Martinez, who made a playing return in midweek against Aston United in the DCFA Cup.

Skipper Darren Pratley (broken leg) is getting closer to a return for Bolton, but won't make it in time for the Proact match, with Liam Trotter, Mark Howard and Mark Davies also missing

Manager Phil Parkinson is likely to stick with the same starting 11 that defeated Gillingham 4-0 on Monday night in the latest win of the side's promotion tilt.

Form Guide

The Spireites' hit-and-miss form continued within the 90 minutes at London Road last Saturday, coming from behind to take the lead themselves, Danny Wilson's men were over-powered in the second half to lose 5-2.

Going into the match against the Lancashire promotion challengers, Chesterfield remain in the dreaded bottom four, two points shy of the safety mark.

After struggling for much of the autumn, the Trotters have hit form in recent times and have won their last five games, conceding just twice in the process.

A point behind League One pace-setters Scunthorpe United, Bolton will bring a hearty backing with them to the Proact and could go top with a win.

From the Dugout

Speaking ahead of the game, Wilson was well-aware of the challenge facing his side on Saturday, but was confident his side could cause Bolton problems.

"You've seen where they are in the league and you've seen what kind of players they've got at their disposal," he explained. "They're very strong, massively experienced and able to choose different teams on a weekly basis.

"They're one of the best-equipped teams to be challenging for promotion this year so they'll be a massive test for us this weekend, no doubt about it.

"Eight clean sheets they've had in 11 games, something like that, which suggests they set their stall out first and foremost not to concede. They've got a very powerful team aerially and they're a threat in both boxes.

"We have also seen them losing games this season and we're very capable of beating them. We'll have to be on our A game if we're going to do that."

A bumper crowd is expected for the game and if you're packed into the Proact or not you can follow all the action from the game. Across matchday we'll have:

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on PlayerHD
- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page
- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds
- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site

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