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PREVIEW: Forest Green Rovers

21 November 2017

The Spireites meet Forest Green Rovers for the first time tonight in a Sky Bet League Two fixture at the Proact (7.45pm), here's our match preview.....


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


Tickets are available for Spireites supporters at the Proact ticket office right up until kick off, 7.45pm.

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

Team News

Chesterfield will be without defender Scott Wiseman, who serves a one-match ban after his dismissal at the weekend.

Manager Jack Lester will also be without the services of injured duo Jordan Flores and Gozie Ugwu. While Matt Briggs misses out for family reasons.

Forest Green have no new injury worries ahead of their first visit to the Proact.

One-time Spireites loanee Reece Brown could feature for the visitors once again, after his free kick lead to Alex Iacovitti’s winning goal against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

The opposition

Manager – Mark Cooper

Experienced manager Mark Cooper took over at the New Lawn in May 2016 and guided Rovers to promotion from the National League last season.

Following a third-place finish at the end of the season, Cooper masterminded the club’s play-off run, culminating in a 3-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers at Wembley.

Prior to his time in Gloucestershire, Cooper has managed numerous clubs across the football and national leagues including Peterborough United, Swindon Town and Notts County.

The son of former England and Leeds defender Terry Cooper, the Rovers boss enjoyed a 20-year playing career for the likes of Exeter City, Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town.

One to watch – Christian Doidge

Doidge joined the Green Devils in June 2016 from Dagenham & Redbridge and scored 27 goals in 43 appearances last term, including one in the playoff final at Wembley.

The striker started out his career at Southampton and Bristol Rovers, before spending time in the Welsh Premier League with Cwmbran Celtic, Croesyceillog and Carmarthen Town.

The Welshman has enjoyed a very good start to his campaign this season, with nine goals and two assists from 22 appearances and comes to the Proact in good form with four goals in his last three matches, including two against Crewe on Saturday.

Head to Head

As mentioned previously, tonight’s clash will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.

Both teams suffered a slow start to the season, but have bounced back in recent weeks, with the Spireites now having lost only once in their last five meetings.

Rovers on the other hand have won four and drawn one of their last five League Two matches.

From the dugout

After Saturday’s victory over Exeter, Lester has challenged his squad to keep the momentum going when the Green Devils come to town tonight.

Though like the Spireites Cooper’s men have been performing well lately and Lester expects another entertaining fixture.

He said: “They’ve picked up really well, they had a difficult start – as did we – and are picking up – as are we.

“It’ll be a good game of football, we’re excited about it, it’s another home game and another chance for the fans to see where we’re trying to go with this and we’re more than ready for it.”

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 night on the official site.

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