Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Match Previews

Gillingham Preview

27 September 2016

Sponsored by

After suffering more away blues at the weekend, Chesterfield return home for a two-game stand this week and first welcome Gillingham on Tuesday evening.

However, any success will have to come without a host of injured key first-team players - with the manager hinting that further opportunities could be available for his squad's fringe players to impress.

Team News

Danny Wilson has a plethora of injury problems to wrestle with ahead of the game, most notably in the full-back berths with right-back Paul McGinn out after suffering a hamstring strain at Bury and Dion Donohue also a doubt after the left-back missed the same game.

This leaves the door open for Liam Graham to make a home debut, though Wilson admitted pre-match that he is unlikely to risk playing striker Ched Evans (foot) unless he is sure that he's ready to play.

Gills 'keeper Jonathan Bond missed the weekend win over Coventry City and remains a doubt, though replacement Stuart Nelson is unlikely to make things any easier as he did pull off a crucial injury-time save to confirm the points at Priestfield.

Experienced midfielder Jamie O'Hara could return to the side, after the former Tottenham and Portsmouth man missed the weekend with a heel injury.

Form Guide

The Spireites saw their mini revival bumped in the 88th minute at Gigg Lane, with a Tom Pope header condemning the side to a 2-1 defeat. After the game, boss Wilson bemoaned his side's attacking decisions and pinpointed them as the reason for the side's loss of points on the day.

It's been a topsy-turvy start to the campaign for Justin Edinburgh's Kent-based troops. In the league, three early wins were dampened by a point from the following three points, but a 2-1 win over bottom-side Coventry at the weekend have straightened the rudder.

The Gills are among the leaders in both goals scored and goals conceded, as welll as letting in five against Spurs in the EFL Cup last week, suggesting goals could be on the cards under the lights at the Proact.

From the Dugout

The Spireites manager is expecting another area bombardment from the visitors at the Proact, and thinks that the congested League One table is likely to stay that way across the campaign.

"Gillingham are very similar to Bury, they're very direct," he said. "And I say that with all due respect, it doesn't mean they won't play football - they will play when they get the chance.

"Their big threat is down the middle of the park and they will put balls into your area as often as they can, just as Bury did with Pope on Saturday.

"The live games I've seen so far and the ones I've watched have been very similar, where there has been nothing between the teams, apart from the odd goal here or there that have been the difference.

"There's been one or two results where the scoreline's been a bit bigger but the general play has not seen much between the teams. Will it be like that through the season? I wouldn't be surprised.

While last season the Spireites had more success on the road than in front of their own fans, the tables have turned this season, and Wilson wants more home joy this coming week.

"It's been a refreshing change and that's what we've tried to rectify," he added. "We said that before we kicked a ball in anger. The home form will be paramount to what we do this season and if we continue to do as well as we have been doing then that'd be fantastic."

Make sure you're on top of all the Proact action, even if you're not able to get to the ground. There will be live coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram through the evening, with live exclusive online commentary only on PlayerHD.

Advertisement block