The Spireites return to action at the Proact tomorrow night (7pm), when they take on Manchester City's U21s in their final Checkatrade Trophy northern group F fixture. Here's our big 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, 7pm.
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Chesterfield will be without striker Gozie Ugwu, who remains side-lined with a long term injury.
Manager Jack Lester will also be without the services of injured duo Jordan Flores and Jordan Sinnott. Though Matt Briggs is back in contention to play after returning to training yesterday (Monday).
Manchester City U21s have no new injury worries ahead of their first visit to the Proact.
City’s U17s England World Cup winners Phil Foden and Joel Latibeaudiere have both been included in the squad for Wednesday’s game.
Manager – Simon Davies
In 2016, Simon Davies took in charge of City’s U23s after previously being assistant to Patrick Vieira.
Prior to his time at City, Davies managed Chester in 2008, where he endured three months in charge before being sacked in November of that year. Exactly, a month later Davies took over as youth team manager.
During his playing career, Davies enjoyed spells at Manchester United, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town and Huddersfield Town.
One to watch – Phil Foden
Foden joined City at U9 level and signed his Academy scholarship in July 2016. His left foot and ability to glide past opponents have seen the Stockport-born playmaker excel at every level, a trend which continued last season with the U18s.
The midfielder recently hit the headlines by scoring twice for England during their 5-2 victory over Spain in the U17s World Cup Final in India.
The Englishman made his debut for City’s first team earlier this month in their 1-0 Champions League victory over Feyenoord. During the 2016/17 season Foden scored 11 goals from midfield, including in home and away matches with rivals Manchester United.
Head to Head
As mentioned previously, tonight’s clash will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.
The Spireites are now unbeaten in their last five league games, with two wins and three draws in that time.
The Citizens have made an inconsistent start to their season, winning three of 11 league games in PL2, though they come into the game off the back of a 4-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur U23s at the weekend.
Should Chesterfield win the match by two goals or more in 90 minutes then they would progress to round two as group F winners and go onto meet Oldham Athletic at home. If Town were to win 1-0 or via penalties (following a draw in 90 minutes) they would finish as group runners-up and travel to Fleetwood Town in the second round.
The Cityzens would progress from the group stage as runners-up should they be victorious in 90 minutes.
From the dugout
Town boss Lester has challenged his team to keep up their recent good form and secure their place in the second round.
He said: "It’s important that we put a good performance in and try to win the game, that’s the mentality of the squad. You’ve got to put the effort, character and quality into the game to win it, otherwise we’re not doing our job.
“There’ll be no excuses on the work rate, we haven’t got a game this Saturday, so you leave everything out there, you give absolutely everything to win the game and must try to end the game as fit as you’ve started it, the principles of when we’ve got the ball remain the same.”
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.