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PREVIEW: Barnet

8 December 2017

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Tomorrow's fixture sees the Spireites welcome Barnet to the Proact (3pm), as Chesterfield aim to move off the foot of Sky Bet League Two. Here’s our match preview………

Reminder

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

Tickets

Adult prices for the match with the Bees start from £20, a full list of prices can be found here.

Season ticket holders can also take advantage of a special offer by bringing two friends to the match for the reduced price of £10 each! Please note this offer is only available at the ticket office or via telephone.

Help us to #PacktheProact in our final home fixture before Christmas by purchasing your tickets now online, at the ticket office or via telephone on 01246 269300 (option one).

Supporters are able to purchase their tickets from the Proact ticket office right up until kick off (3pm).

Team news

Chesterfield will continue to be without striker Gozie Ugwu, whilst midfielders Jordan Flores and Jordan Sinnott remain out injured. Joe Anyon will miss the game with a broken arm and therefore new emergency loan signing Cameron Dawson could start in goal.

Ian Evatt was able to rest a sore knee in the midweek defeat but will come back into contention on Saturday. The same can be said for Jak McCourt who missed the match against Fleetwood after receiving a kick to his ankle. The fitness of Andy Kellett will meanwhile be assessed, with the midfielder suffering from a tight hamstring.

As for the Bees they will be without Dave Tarpey and Elliott Johnson, both long term absentees whilst Dwight Pascal will miss the game through suspension. Richard Brindley and Curtis Weston are nearing returns but Simeon Akinola is available again.

Manager - Mark McGhee

Scottish manager McGhee has only been in charge of Barnet for a month after taking over in November from Rossi Eames.

As a player McGhee was a striker, playing in Scotland for the likes of Aberdeen and Celtic whilst also enjoying spells in England with Newcastle and Reading. The 60-year-old also played for Hamburg and Swedish side IK Brage.

Since turning his attention to management in 1991 he has managed 956 games, having spells with numerous clubs. He started out with Reading, before moving on to Leicester and then Wolves. From there he had spells with Millwall and Brighton but moved back to Scotland to manage Motherwell in 2007 and then Aberdeen in 2009.

After a stint with Bristol Rovers he became the assistant manager of Scotland from 2013 to 2017 managing Motherwell for a second occasion at the same time from 2015 onwards.

One to watch - John Akinde

Akinde has been out for much of the season so far with injury but is still Barnet's man to watch after a fabulous few seasons in front of goal for the Bees.

After signing from Alfreton Town in 2014/15 Akinde has been prolific, scoring 31 times in 45 games in his debut campaign with the club. After the side's promotion from the National League, he scored 23 times in 2015/16 and finished with 26 strikes in 46 League Two games last season.

His record in the league speaks for itself, and the Spireites defence will have to be wary of him as he looks to get back to full match sharpness.

Head to head

The last time the two teams met was back in 2013 when Chesterfield beat the Bees 2-0 at Underhill. Goals from Jay O'Shea and Sam Togwell were enough for the Spireites as they took all three points.

Town’s last home league victory over Barnet came back in August 2010, when goals from Dwayne Mattis and Jack Lester secured a 2-1 win.

The record between the two teams is the following:

Chesterfield – 8 (wins).

Draws - 3.

Barnet - 7 (wins).

From the dug out

Speaking about the game with Barnet on Saturday, Lester is anticipating another tough game, but one his side will be more than ready for.

He said: "It’d be nice to move off the bottom, recent results have given us that opportunity and it’s a reward for going on this unbeaten run.

“We will be going into every game to win it, that’s how we see ourselves – as capable of beating anybody and I think we’re quite a difficult team to play at the minute.

“Barnet will be coming here thinking that as we’re bottom they’ll be turning us over, but we’ll be having positive thoughts as well and it’s going to be a good 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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