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Accrington Stanley Checkatrade Trophy Preview

4 October 2016

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Chesterfield head back into Checkatrade Trophy action on Tuesday night as they welcome League Two side Accrington Stanley to the Proact in their second group stage game.


Fans can buy tickets on the night at the Proact, with prices reduced to £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for under 16s, right up to kick-off. Spireites can buy online and collect their tickets at the ground later on.

Team News

After Saturday's 1-0 Sky Bet League 1 Bradford City defeat, Spireites manager Danny Wilson explained that his side will be looking to rest ahead of their next EFL outing on October 15. 

With recovery in mind, Wilson is expected to make some, if not wholesale, changes for the visit of Stanley, putting out a team expected to be competitive and win the game against the opponents from the league below.

Stanley trio Shay McCartan, Seamus Conneely and John O'Sullivan are expected to miss out, but there is an interesting side story to note, with recent Spireites trialist and reserves scorer Gary Taylor-Fletcher signing for Accrington prior to the game and eligible to line-up at the Proact. 

Form Guide

Chesterfield have picked up one point from three league games in the last ten days, but after beating Wolves U23s in the first group game of the Checkatrade Trophy, the Spireites can progress to the knockout stage with a game to spare if results go their way on Tuesday night.

Stanley were beaten 3-0 by divisional rivals Crewe Alexandra in their first game, and could welcome back former Spireites Aaron Chapman and Romy Boco for the first time in their new colours.

Stanley were involved in an incredible finale at Cambridge United at the weekend, trailing by a goal, they were awarded two injury-time penalties - with two U's yellow cards in the process - but saw both saved by 'keeper Will Norris as they lost at the Abbey.

From the Dugout

With the Spireites suffering from a nasty bout of injuries, Wilson conceded that he doesn't have too many options at his disposal on Tuesday, but will be after a second group-stage victory.

"The team will be very similar," he explained. "We don't have much choice in that respect so you can guarantee that there will be some experienced players in there.

"Again, we want to win the game, if we're in any competition we want to do as well as we can and this is no different.

"Any games that is put in front of us, especially after the Bradford game is good, I just hope we won't have too many knocks, bumps and bruises."

You can follow the Spireites in their latest Checkatrade Trophy adventure via all the usual channels tomorrow - that includes Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as full and live coverage on PlayerHD.

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