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PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley

15 September 2017

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Following two away fixtures, the Spireites return to the Proact tomorrow, when they take on Accrington Stanley in a Sky Bet League Two fixture, 3pm. Here's our match preview......


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Team News

Spireites boss, Gary Caldwell is likely to once again be without the services of Joe Rowley and Jerome Binnom-Williams for tomorrow’s clash due to injury.

However, there is better news for the Spireites, with midfielder Connor Dimaio being back in contention to feature, after recovering from the ankle injury he suffered against Bradford City last month.

Accrington will check on the fitness of striker Billy Kee after he suffered a dead leg in the 2-1 home defeat to Grimsby Town in midweek.

Goalkeeper Max Stryjek and Ben Richards-Everton will once again miss out with hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively.

The opposition

Manager – John Coleman

Now in his second spell as Accrington manager, Coleman is a hugely popular figure at the Wham Stadium.

Initially appointed as player/manager in 1999, Coleman guided the club through the non-league pyramid and back into the EFL in 2006, five years later, he took them to the League Two play offs, where they were defeated by Stevenage.

He departed Stanley in 2012 to join Rochdale, whom he managed for a year before spells with Southport and Irish side, Sligo Rovers, he returned to Accrington in September 2014.

After a 13th place finish in League Two last season, Coleman has begun this season in impressive fashion, guiding Stanley to third place after their opening seven games, with just one defeat from their last five matches.

One to watch – Kayden Jackson

Much like his team, Jackson has begun the season in fine form, with five goals and an assist – including one on his debut against Colchester United and in midweek against his former club Grimsby.

A former England C international, Jackson joined the club in July for an undisclosed fee from Barnsley.

After starting out at Swindon Town, Jackson would go on to have a successful non-league career with Swindon Supermarine, Oxford City, Tamworth and Wrexham before signing for the Tykes in 2016.

Head to Head

The overall record between the two teams in their competitive meetings is a close one, as shown below: -

Chesterfield – 24 (wins)

Draws – 11

Accrington – 22 (wins)

And while Stanley won their last fixture at the Proact in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy, the Spireites have won five and drew one of their last six home league meetings.

Among this run was the 5-2 victory in November 2010, which was secured thanks to two goals each from Craig Davies and Danny Whitaker along with a Jack Lester strike.

From the dugout

After the spirited performance in the 1-1 draw with Colchester on Tuesday, Caldwell has called for more of the same in what will be a difficult fixture.

He said: “I was delighted with the character and desire that everyone showed to get a result in stadium where they were unbeaten, we came very close to winning so we can take a lot from that game into Saturday.

“We’ve worked extremely hard since Tuesday and we’ll prepare the players properly today, Accrington are a good team who play with no fear and get bodies forward, they’ll come here and put us under pressure.

“But as I say every week, I believe in this group of players and it’s up to us to go and impose ourselves on the game and get a win.”

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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