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PREVIEW: Coventry City

1 September 2017

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The Spireites return to Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow afternoon, when they take on Coventry City at the Proact, 3pm. Here is 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 right up until kick off, 3pm.

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

Team News

Spireites boss, Gary Caldwell, will include new signings Diego De Girolamo, Zak Jules and Matthew Briggs in his match day squad, after their arrivals this week.

Caldwell however, will be without the services of Bradley Barry, Connor Dimaio, Joe Rowley and Jerome Binnom-Williams for tomorrow’s clash due to injury.

Opponents Coventry will have new signing Tom Davies in their squad, after the defender arrived from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee on Thursday.

The opposition

Manager – Mark Robins

The former Manchester United and Norwich City striker was appointed manager of the Sky Blues for a second time in March, succeeding Russell Slade.

His first job in management was with Rotherham United in 2007 before moving on to Barnsley two years later. Robins’ first spell at Coventry began in 2012 and preceded jobs at Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

Robins lead Coventry to the Checkatrade Trophy last season, but was unable to prevent their relegation to League Two. So far this season, he’s lead the Sky Blues to two wins and two defeats from their opening four league matches.

One to watch - Jodi Jones

Jones joined the Sky Blues in March 2016 after impressing during a loan spell from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Following an impressive start to the season, the winger attracted interest from League One side Oxford United, but thankfully for the Coventry faithful the club managed to retain his services.

The 19-year-old has already beaten his goal scoring feat of last season, thanks to a hat trick in the club’s opening day victory over Notts County.

Head to Head

Saturday’s clash will be only the 29th between the two clubs since they first met in March 1926, on that occasion the Spireites claimed a 4-3 victory.

But while Chesterfield emerged victorious in the opening encounter, it’s the Sky Blues who hold the upper hand, with the full record as follows: -

Chesterfield – 9 (wins)
Draws – 6
Coventry – 13 (wins)

The Spireites did however win the last meeting between the sides 1-0 in January, thanks to a fine strike by midfielder Dan Gardner.

From the dugout

After a frustrating couple of games since their last home league fixture, Chesterfield now find themselves at the foot of the table.

And while admitting that the staff and players are frustrated with events on the field, Caldwell believes his team can turn things around, starting with tomorrow’s game with the Sky Blues.

He said: "Coventry are a good side, it'll be a tough game and we're looking forward to the challenge.

"We have to stick to what we believe in, we have a group of players ready to do something about where we find ourselves, the players are positive and I believe results will come."

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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