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PREVIEW: Rotherham United

2 October 2017

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Jack Lester’s first away match in charge of the Spireites comes at Rotherham United tomorrow, in a Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group F fixture, 7pm. Here’s our match preview……………


Tickets for the match are now off sale on the ticket office website, but remain on sale at the Proact ticket office until 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday, October 3).

Supporters are advised that they are also able to pay on the day, from the cash only away ticket office, which opens at 6pm, adult and concession tickets will increase by £2.

Prices for supporters wishing to buy their tickets at Rotherham are as follows: -

  • Adults - £12
  • Concessions - £7
  • Juveniles (18 and under) - £1


The trip to the New York Stadium is the second of the Spireites' three group stage fixtures in this competition, in their previous Checkatrade Trophy match the Spireites were defeated 4-2 by Bradford City at home.

Their final game is at home to Manchester City U21s on Wednesday, November 29.

If a match is won after 90 minutes, the winning team will pick up three points, should a fixture finish as a draw then both teams will pick up a point.

However, the outcome will be decided by a penalty shoot-out, with the victorious team picking up an additional point.

Team News

Rotherham will be without defender Ben Purrington who has been ruled out for a fortnight with a hamstring injury.

Lester has stated that he’ll use the match to take a further look at his squad. One player who could be back in contention is Bradley Barry, after the defender completed the final match of his three-game ban against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Midfielder Connor Dimaio will be unavailable however, as he is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland U21s. Laurence Maguire will also miss out after suffering concussion in training last week, while Lester will check on the fitness of Tommy Lee and Sam Hird after both picked up knocks against Cheltenham.

The opposition

Manager – Paul Warne

A former Millers player, Paul Warne, is in 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.

He’s lead the Millers to eighth position in Sky Bet League One this campaign and the Millers head into the match in good form with four victories from their last six outings.

One to watch - Kieffer Moore

Millers striker Moore has started the 2017/18 campaign in impressive fashion, with nine goals and an assist to his name, his most recent goal gave Rotherham a 1-0 victory over Northampton Town at the weekend.

Moore joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Ipswich Town in the summer, having previously joined the Tractor Boys from Forest Green in January on an 18-month contract.

He started out with non-league Truro City and Dorchester Town before moving to Yeovil Town in June 2013, a spell with Norwegian side Viking Stavanger followed before he signed for Forest Green Rovers in 2016, later that year he would go on to enjoy a loan spell with Torquay United where he scored five goals in four appearances. 

Head to Head

Since the first encounter between the two clubs on Christmas Day, 1925 (which the Spireites won 1-0), there have been 72 meetings, with the overall record in Chesterfield’s favour: -

Rotherham – 19 wins

Draws – 13

Chesterfield – 40 wins.

There have been two previous matches in this competition’s various formats, with the latest coming on January 11, 2000.

The Spireites were victorious on that occasion 4-1, thanks to a Guy Branston own goal and strikes from Steve Blatherwick, Steve Wilkinson and David Reeves.

From the dugout

Lester believes that the fixture at the New York Stadium is a beneficial one for both the players and coaching staff, while also outlining what he'd like to see from his team and what he expects from the Millers.

He said: “You want to win every game and I want to see some of the things that we’ve been talking about and what we’ve been looking at on the training ground. So, if we’re doing things right we’ll be looking to win the game.

“I think they may make one or two changes and give others a chance to play, but we’re expecting a very tough game, it always is away at Rotherham.”

Can't get to Rotherham? 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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