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PREVIEW: Oxford United

24 February 2017

After their midweek trip to the capital, the Spireites welcome Michael Appleton's Oxford United to the Proact tomorrow, 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 for Saturday's match are on sale at the ticket office right up until kick off. With adult prices from £20, concessions from £13 and U16 for just £1!

Team News

Spireites boss Gary Caldwell will have Tom Anderson available once again, after the defender served a one match suspension in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at the Den.

Meanwhile the match will come too soon for injury victims Dion Donohue, Jon Nolan and Ched Evans. Caldwell will also make a late check on Sadiq El Fitouri who missed the Millwall game through illness.

Oxford's on-loan Spireites defender Charlie Raglan will be unable to play against his parent club under the terms of his loan deal. Otherwise U's boss Michael Appleton must decide whether or not to stick with the same XI who beat Charlton Athletic in midweek.

Form Guide

The Spireites took a lot of heart from the draw at the Den, but remain six points from safety after just one win in their last 11 games.

Oxford on the other hand have won four out of their last five matches in Sky Bet League One, and sit 10th in the table, six points off the play-off places with two games in hand.

The Spireites recent record against Oxford is good however, with four wins and two draws in their last six meetings.

The most recent encounter came on the opening day of the season at the Kassam Stadium, Wes Thomas gave the U's a 31st minute lead, only for it to be cancelled out by a Ched Evans free kick in the 76th minute, to ensure a sharing of the spoils.

From the Dugout

Caldwell was delighted with his team's efforts in South London on Tuesday night, and knows a similar level of performance will be required to get something from tomorrow's fixture.

"It's going to be a difficult game, like every League One game is," he said. 

"I think that you're always up against a physical challenge and a team that is well organised. They are a team that came up last season, and they've took that momentum into the league. 

"They've won a lot of games and put themselves in a really good position, and are within touching distance of the play-offs, so it's going to be a big challenge and we have to be positive, we have to take our form from Tuesday into the match." 

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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