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PREVIEW: Oldham Athletic

3 February 2017

The Spireites return to action after a fortnight's break when they take on Oldham Athletic at the Proact, here's our preview....

Reminder

Home and away supporters are asked to note that the Tesco Extra supermarket adjacent to the Proact has informed the club that they will be enforcing their two-hour parking restrictions on match days.

Tickets

Tickets are available online and from the Proact ticket office right up until kick off (3pm). With Adult tickets from £20, concessions from £13 and under 16s from £5

Team News

Following a busy transfer deadline day, Gary Caldwell could welcome up to five new Spireites into his match day squad. Loan stars Reece Brown, Osman Kakay, David Faupala and Liam Grimshaw will be hoping to fill the void left by the four January departures. While former Manchester United full-back, Sadiq El Fitouri, could also come into contention having been snapped up on a free transfer on Thursday. 

Sam Hird is set to miss the match with a calf injury, though there is better news on the injury front with Tom Anderson set to return following his recovery from concussion.

Former Spireites boss John Sheridan was busy himself on deadline day, bringing in Chris Taylor of Bolton and Aiden O’Neill of Burnley on loan. He also captured free agent, and former Chesterfield player, Tope Obedayi on a permanent deal. All three could make their debuts on Saturday. 

The fixture will also see former Spireites midfielder Ollie Banks return to the Proact for the first time since his departure last summer. 

Form Guide

The Spireites head into the match on the back of a two-week break, giving new manager Gary Caldwell his first real opportunity to implement his style of play.

Chesterfield have not lost at the Proact in five matches and look a much improved side, victory could lift them out of the relegation zone if results go in their favour. 

Oldham sit just one place and one point below the Spireites, and a 1-2 defeat to fifth-placed Bradford City last weekend will not have been a true indicator of their relegation battling credentials. 

Like Chesterfield, the Latics replaced their manager mid-way through January and wins against both Peterborough United and Gillingham since then will have boosted confidence. 

The two teams have already met this season, in a 0-0 draw at Boundary Park on September 10. 

From the Dugout

After a busy week in the transfer market, Spireites boss Gary Caldwell knows the importance of the fixture.

He said: “It’s really important that when you play the teams around you, you get positive results.

“I saw Oldham against Peterborough and they were excellent on the night. They play with a lot of energy and commitment.

“They put you under pressure, and they defend very well, so it’s going to be a difficult game. But if we play the way we can I’m sure we’re a match for anyone.”   

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 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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