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PREVIEW: Exeter City

17 November 2017

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It promises to be another exciting Sky Bet League Two fixture at the Proact tomorrow, when Exeter City come in to town (3pm), 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

Tickets are available for Spireites supporters at the Proact ticket office right up until kick off, 3pm.

A full list of prices and availability can be found here.

Team News

Spireites striker Chris O’Grady looks set to return to the squad after he missed out at Swindon Town last week due to injury.

Defender Jerome Binnom-Williams has a chance to make his Proact debut tomorrow, following his impressive return from injury in the 2-2 draw at the County Ground.

Manager Jack Lester will however be without on-loan midfielder Jordan Flores and striker Gozie Ugwu, who continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

Exeter meanwhile will be able to call on the services of Lloyd James, after the midfielder missed last week’s win over Grimsby Town through suspension.

The Grecians will however, be without long-term injury absentees Ryan Brunt and Robbie Simpson, while Luke Croll and Jordan Tillson also miss out.

The opposition

Manager – Paul Tisdale

Tisdale is currently in his 12th season as Grecians boss and his side have bounced back well from last season’s play-off final defeat to Blackpool - currently finding themselves in third place in League Two, just one point of the top of the table.

Since taking over in June 2006, Tisdale has achieved two promotions, firstly in the 2007/08 campaign, where he secured promotion to League Two by winning the Conference National play-offs.

A season later he guided City to League One after a second-place finish. That second promotion was enough for him to win the League Two Manager of the Year award.

As player Tisdale started his career with Southampton, where he would make 16 appearances. He also featured for the likes of Bristol City, Dundee United, Finnish side FinnPa and Greek side Panionios.

One to watch – Jayden Stockley

Stockley initially joined Exeter in the 2015/16 season on loan from AFC Bournemouth, during that time he would score 10 goals in 21 matches.

Such form earned him a move to Scottish side Aberdeen before he re-joined the Grecians in August.

The striker has certainly picked up from where he left off at St James’ Park with three assists and seven goals already to his name this season – with the latest coming in last Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Grimsby.

Head to Head

Of the previous 42 meetings between the Spireites and the Grecians it’s Town who have the better record overall.

The full record is as follows: -

Chesterfield – 21 (wins)

Draws – 11

Exeter – 10 (wins)

Our last home victory over Exeter came on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign, in a 4-0 win, a match that proved to be the final appearance in a Chesterfield shirt for Lester.

He signed off in style that day, scoring in either half before receiving a rapturous applause from the Town faithful. Our other goals came from Jay O’Shea and Marc Richards.

From the dugout

Lester declared himself delighted with the players’ attitude and intensity in training this week and says that confidence is high going into tomorrow's game.

He is however more than aware of the task at hand, against a team managed by a manager he rates highly.

Lester said: “They’ve got a good front two and I really like their manager. He’s been there a long time and he’s created teams that have gone up to the league above.

“They’ve been playing a 4-4-2 and we won’t say that’s definitely what they’ll do but they’ve got a bit of energy about them and are a good side. It’ll be a good game of football.”

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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