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PREVIEW: Port Vale

18 August 2017

The Spireites return to action tomorrow against Port Vale, 3pm, in the 'Ernie Moss Day' fixture, here is our match preview.......

Reminder

Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour matchday parking restriction.

Tickets

Tickets are still available for Spireites supporters at the usual prices, a full list can be found here.

Team News

Chesterfield are still without defender, Jerome Binnom-Williams and midfielder Joe Rowley, but other than that Gary Caldwell will have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Port Vale boss Michael Brown will be without the services of experienced midfielder Danny Pugh and striker Anton Forrester, after they both suffered injuries in last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, while Cristian Montano is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

New signing Jack Stobbs is in contention to make his debut for the Valiants, after signing on-loan from Sheffield Wednesday on Thursday.

The opposition

Manager

Brown took over the Vale hot seat in December 2016, following the resignation of Bruno Ribeiro and despite a strong finish to the season, was unable to prevent their relegation from Sky Bet League One.

Like opposite number Caldwell, Brown has overseen a huge turnover in players at Vale Park over the summer, recruiting the likes of experienced trio Ben Kay, Tom Pope and Michael Tonge alongside youngsters Graham Kelly and Rekeil Pyke.

A combative central midfielder, Brown played for the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotpsur and Sheffield United during his career.

One to watch

Dan Turner - Forward

One-time scholar, Turner signed a new two-year deal with the Valiants in May and his hit the ground running in the opening games of the season, with two goals in his opening three matches.

A player possessing a lot of pace, Turner can play out wide or as a central striker, he made his debut for the club in the 2015/16 campaign against Rochdale and has also benefited from loan spells with non-league sides Kidsgrove Athletic and Worcester City.

Head to Head

Tomorrow’s clash at the Proact will be the 98th competitive game between the two sides with the first meeting taking place in 1899.

And it’s the Spireites who hold the better record, which overall stands at: -

  • Chesterfield - 42 (wins)
  • Draws - 22
  • Port Vale - 33 (wins)

Chesterfield’s recent home record against Vale is a good one, having won four and drawn one of the last five meetings at the Proact.

From the dugout

After a disappointing start to the season, Caldwell says that he’s seen enough in training to show that the team can turn their season around, starting with the visit of the Valiants.

He said: “It will be a typical League Two game, the two matches we’ve faced so far have been pretty similar, we have to earn the right to play, win the battle first and look to impose our style on the game.

“The players have been hurting with the start that we’ve had and they’ve trained extremely well and are feeling positive going into the game.

“I always knew it was going to be difficult and I always knew it would take a little bit of time for the players to gel and understand each other, but in training this week they’ve shown that they believe they can and want to do better, we’re looking forward to the game.”

Can't get to the Proact? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game.  

Across match day we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow. 

- 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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