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PREVIEW: Carlisle United

27 October 2017

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After back to back Sky Bet League Two away games, the Spireites return to the Proact tomorrow for the visit of Carlisle United (3pm), 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, 3pm.

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

Team News

Spireites boss Jack Lester will without injury victims Jordan Flores and Chris O’Grady while Louis Reed is suspended.

Scott Wiseman and Tommy Lee will both be assessed ahead of the game, while it is once again likely to come too soon for Jerome Binnom-Williams.

Carlisle will have Tom Parkes back after suspension while captain Danny Grainger is back after missing the draw with Notts County last weekend.

The opposition

Manager – Keith Curle

Former England international Curle, took charge of the Cumbrian side in 2014, having previously managed Mansfield Town, Chester City, Torquay United and Notts County.

During his first season with the club he managed to guide them to Sky Bet League Two safety with a 20th place finish. The following campaign saw United finish in 10th.

Last season saw Carlisle finish inside the Play Off places where they narrowly missed out on a place in the final following a 6-5 aggregate defeat to Exeter City.

This season has seen a mixed batch of results, with Curle’s men currently 16th in the table, however they come into the game unbeaten in their last three league fixtures.

As a player, Curle featured for the likes of Wimbledon, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers and played in the 1992 European Championships in Sweden.

One to watch – Danny Grainger

Cumbrian-born left back Grainger joined the club in 2014 after a 12-year spell in Scotland, where he featured for the likes of Dundee United, Hearts and St Mirren.

After initially signing a one-year deal with the Blues, Grainger’s impressive performances have seen him being offered new contracts on numerous occasions with his latest deal running out at the end of the season.

A Carlisle fan as a youngster, the full back has gone on to feature in over 100 games for United and has two assists and three goals to his name this season, including a brace in the 5-0 win at Crewe Alexandra on September 23.

Head to Head

Tomorrow’s meeting is the 74th between the two sides, with the Spireites having had the better of the previous encounters since they first met in 1929.

The full record is as follows: -

Chesterfield – 35 (wins)

Draws – 14

Carlisle – 24 (wins)

Former Spireites striker Leon Clarke had a day to remember the last time the two teams met in the league at the Proact, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory in September 2011. Town’s other goal was scored by Craig Westcarr.

From the dugout

Despite injuries and suspensions hitting the Sprieites squad, Lester is still more than confident of getting a result, having seen his team play well in recent weeks.

And he also acknowledged that those levels of performances will be needed against Curle’s side.

He said: “They are a good team, Keith took them on in a difficult position, but he is building something now and they are doing well.

“They play a fast passing style of football and it’ll be a good game.

“The squad is stretched, but that’s the way it is, the team that we put out will be competitive and will be looking to win the game.”

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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