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PREVIEW: Crawley Town

17 October 2017

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Chesterfield's next fixture sees them travel down to 18th place Crawley Town tonight for a 7.45pm kick off - here’s our match preview….


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and on the ticket office website.

However, Spireites fans can pay on the day at Crawley with no price increase, though fans are advised that sales will be cash only.

Ticket prices are as follows: -

Category Seating Terrace
Adult £20 £16
Over 65s £15 £12
U21 £13 £11
U18 £10 £10
U16 £4 £4
U11 £1 £1

Team news

Crawley will have midfielder Jordan Roberts available once again after he missed the weekend draw with Grimsby Town through suspension.

The Red Devils were without both Lewis Young and Moussa Sanoh through injury for the clash with the Mariners and both will be assessed ahead of tonight’s game.

Chesterfield will be without Tommy Lee, Jerome Binnom-Williams and Gozie Ugwu for the trip to Sussex, with the manager confirming that Ugwu is likely to be out for around two months with a thigh injury.

Long-serving defender Sam Hird is once again available, after he recovered from a groin injury to be an unused substitute against Morecambe on Saturday.

Manager – Harry Kewell

The former Leeds and Liverpool player took over Crawley in May this year, becoming the first Australian to manage a professional English side.

Kewell began his playing career at Leeds United, enjoying a very successful seven-year stay in Yorkshire, playing 181 times scoring 45 goals. His big move to Liverpool was less successful, however he was part of the Champions League winning side against AC Milan in 2005.

Kewell began his coaching career in 2015 as the Watford U23s head coach before deciding to move into first-team management this year.

The Australian took over Crawley following a disappointing season last year, with the Sussex side finishing just three points above the relegation zone.

Kewell brought in ten players during the summer, including seven permanent deals. The Red Devils have made an inconsistent start to the season with four wins so far in Sky Bet League Two.

One to watch – Jimmy Smith

Crawley’s key player so far this season has been club captain Jimmy Smith. The midfield man has been in impressive form and is currently the club’s top goalscorer this season, netting four times and contributing three assists.

Smith began his career at Chelsea, making just the solitary appearance. He was moved on to Leyton Orient where he made 187 appearances in all competitions.

In 2013, he signed for Stevenage where he played just the one season. Crawley snapped up the midfielder in 2014 and since then he has played 136 times, scoring 13 goals.

Head to Head

The two sides have met just twice previously, both in Sky Bet League One during the 2014/15 season.

The first game was played at the Checkatrade Stadium and ended in a 1-1 draw. Gary Roberts gave Chesterfield the lead in the 59th minute before Gavin Tomlin equalised with 20 minutes to play.

The reverse fixture at the Proact ended in a 3-0 win to Chesterfield. Eoin Doyle scored either side of half time with Jay O’Shea also getting on the score sheet.

From the dugout

Spireites manager Jack Lester says that despite only one victory from his first four matches in charge, he has seen enough to believe that a climb up the table is not too far away.

However, he’s more than aware of the threat that Kewell’s men will provide.

He said: “We’re doing everything we can to get a couple wins on the board and once we do that we’ll be away.

“They started out playing through the thirds, but they’ve gone more direct recently. They’ve got some talent and are a good side so we expect a good game.”

Can't get to the Crawley? 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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