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PREVIEW: Rotherham United

24 July 2017

The Spireites take on Rotherham United in the second of their three home pre-season fixtures tomorrow (Tuesday), 7.45pm, here’s our match 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

Home supporters are reminded that the Van Yard (West) Stand will only be open on the night, with away supporters being allocated the North Stand.

Tickets are available for Spireites fans at the Proact ticket office or The Van Yard Stand turnstiles right up until kick off (7.45pm) and are priced as follows: -

Adults £10
Concessions £5
U16s £3

Any supporters wishing to collect their season ticket voucher book can do so until 6pm.

Spireites team news

The Spireites will be without Jerome Binnom-Williams and Joe Rowley for the match, while manager Gary Caldwell will check on the fitness of both Kristian Dennis and Jordan Sinnott, who picked up knocks on the club’s pre-season training camp in Spain and Portugal.

New signings, Joe Anyon and Scott Wiseman, were rested for Saturday’s match with Stoke City U23s and are set to return to the squad, meanwhile, goalkeeper Tommy Lee, will be looking for further involvement after making a successful comeback in the match at St George’s Park.

The opposition

Following relegation from the Sky Bet Championship last season, Rotherham have been busy adding to their squad during the summer.

Defender Michael Ihiekwe was the first to sign, with the former Wolves man being joined at the AESSEAL New York Stadium by fellow defender Josh Emmanuel, midfielders Darren Potter and Ryan Williams and forwards Keiffer Moore, David M. Ball and Jamie Proctor.

The Millers have also stepped up their preparations for the new season with five wins from their six friendly matches so far.

Though they head into the match at the Proact following a 1-2 home defeat to Sheffield United, with the Millers goal coming from youngster, Jerry Yates.

The manager

A former Millers player, Paul Warne, is approaching the start of his first full season as a manager, having been appointed Rotherham boss on a permanent basis in April.

Following the departure of former manager Kenny Jackett in January, Warne was given the job on a caretaker basis, however, he was unable to save the Millers from relegation from the Championship, winning just 4 of his 29 matches.

A hero to Millers supporters, Warne signed from Wigan Athletic in 1999 and would achieve great things with the club as a player, helping them to back to back promotions in 2000 and 2001, in total he would go on to make 257 appearances, scoring 30 goals.

After spells with Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town he returned to Rotherham in 2009, making a further 35 appearances before retiring in 2012, a year later, he was awarded a testimonial for his services to the club.

Players to watch:

Semi Ajayi - Defender

Central defender Ajayi, joined the Millers on a free transfer from Cardiff City earlier this month, following a loan spell with the club last season.

Ajayi’s career began at Charlton Athletic in 2012 and though he would not go on to make a first team appearance for the Addicks, his potential was spotted Arsenal, with whom he signed in 2013.

A regular for the Gunners’ U21 team, he appeared on the bench for several first team matches, before joining Cardiff City, July 2015 following a loan spell. Spells with AFC Wimbledon and Crewe Alexandra preceeded signing his signing for the Millers.

Ajayi is a Nigeria U20 international and featured three times in the 2013 Toulon Tournament against Belgium, Portugal and Brazil.

Joe Newell – Midfielder

Capable of playing at both left back and in midfield, Newell signed for the Millers in August 2015 on a three-year deal from Peterborough United.

Newell impressed in his debut campaign for Rotherham, making 38 appearances and scoring five times, including the only goal of the game in 1-0 win over Leeds United, as well as strikes in victories over Hull City and Bolton Wanderers.

An ankle injury delayed the start of his 2016/17 season, but he recovered to play a further 35 times, scoring twice.

Born in Tamworth, Newell’s professional career started with the Posh in 2011, he made his debut against Yeovil Town on April 25, 2011. A loan spell with St Albans City followed, before he really established himself at London Road during the 2011/12 season.

David Ball – Defender

Another Millers player who can play in more than one position, Ball joined the club in August 2016 from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.

Ball was signed by former manager Alan Stubbs, who had faced him during his time at Hibernian when Ball was on loan at Rangers.

The defender’s loan spell at Ibrox was a highly successful one, helping the ‘Gers to the Scottish Championship title and Challenge Cup in 2016.

Ball represented Northern Ireland from U15-21 level, before switching his allegiance to England in 2014 featuring for both the U19 and U20 sides.

Head to Head record:

The Spireites record with the Millers is a very good one with 40 victories from their 72 meetings.

One match that will live long in the memory of Chesterfield supporters is a clash on March 18, 2011, when a Jack Lester hat-trick along with strikes from Dean Holden and Craig Davis led the Spireites to a 5-0 victory.


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