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PREVIEW: Port Vale

29 December 2016

The Spireites are on their travels again tonight, this time to the Potteries, where they take on Port Vale in Sky Bet League One

TICKETS:

Spireites fans are able to purchase tickets from the Proact ticket office until 11:00am today (Friday), alternatively you can pay on the day.

TEAM NEWS:

Midfielder Connor Dimaio is a doubt for the Spireites with a knee injury, however manager Danny Wilson is hopeful that he will be able to play. 

Meanwhile, midfielder Jon Nolan returns to the squad after serving a three match suspension.

Striker Martin Paterson won't be featuring in the Valiants match day squad, after he ended his stay with the club earlier this week, otherwise it will be the same squad who were available for the Boxing Day clash with Walsall. 

Form Guide

Vale are in the midst of a bad run, winning just one of their last seven league games. 

Their 0-1 home loss to Walsall spelt the end for manager Bruno Ribeiro, who handed in his resignation after the game. Former Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Brown has taken temporary charge of the team.

The 3-0 loss away at Rochdale saw the Spireites drop back into the League One relegation zone on goal difference, the result also meant that Chesterfield go into the match on a run of three wins and two defeats from their last five league games.

One thing that seems to be guaranteed when these two teams meet is goals, with 23 being scored in the last six matches! The Spireites record in those clashes? Four wins, one draw and one defeat.

From the Dugout

Despite Vale's bad run and a change of manager, Chesterfield boss Wilson is not expecting an easy time of things.

He said: "They'll be fighting like hell to get a result, particularly with being at home.

"They've got a caretaker coach at the moment in Michael Brown, and I'm sure if his career is anything to go off they'll be very competitive and a robust type of team who will have a good go at us. But on the other side of it, we've seen what we can do, we've got key players in key areas who can turn a game in our favour.

"So we're expecting another tough game, no matter who we play the respect will be there for them, but we'll be trying our level best to get the three points from the game that we desperately need."

Can't get to Vale Park? Fear 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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