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PREVIEW: Newport County

1 April 2018

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The Spireites return to action tomorrow, when Newport County visit the Proact, in a Sky Bet League Two fixture, 3pm. Here's our big match preview......


Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.


Supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 9am-12pm and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12pm until kick off.

A full list of prices can be found here.

Tomorrow's match also features the following special offer, for the final three home games of the season (against Newport County, Mansfield Town and Wycombe Wanderers), there's a ‘three for two’ offer. Anyone who purchases tickets for all three games will only pay for two.

The deadline for taking advantage of this offer is 12noon tomorrow (Monday, April 2). The cheapest ticket will be free. Please note that, unfortunately, the offer is not be available online.

There will also be a ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer for tomorrow's match. Any child under the age of 16, who is accompanied by an adult, will be eligible to gain admission for just £1.

As a gesture to season ticket holders, they will be able to secure a free ticket for either the Newport match or Wycombe match.

Team news

Jack Lester has no new injury concerns following the Good Friday match with Port Vale. With the only absentees being long-term victims Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry.

Meanwhile visitors Newport, will be without their captain Ross Labadie, after the midfielder recently underwent knee surgery. While Paul Hayes and Robbie Willmott will be assessed after the pair picked injuries in the 1-1 draw with Coventry City last time out.

The opposition

The manager - Michael Flynn

A journeyman midfielder as a player, Flynn played for the likes of Gillingham and Bradford, as well as taking in no fewer than four separate spells at Newport.

The 37-year-old is relatively new in the management game, with his only other senior role coming at Welsh second tier side Undy Athletic in 2015. Having led Newport to a ‘great escape’ last season, securing survival on the final day, he helped County gain national attention after his side held Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade earlier this campaign.

In the league, Newport have had a far more stable season than last year, sitting in 12th place with 54 points from 39 games, 10 points off the League Two play-off positions.

One to watch - Franck Nouble

A name Spireites fans may remember due to his fine performance when the two teams met back in August, which saw the striker net a hat-trick, Nouble, despite being only 26, has a long list of clubs on his CV.

Having failed to secure a spot at Chelsea, Nouble moved to West Ham, where he made 13 appearances over three years. During this period, he went out on loan seven times for six different clubs.

He finally managed to nail down a place at Ipswich in 2013, before moving on to Coventry City and then Chinese outfit Tianjin Quanjian. Nouble returned to England with Gillingham in 2016 and, after a brief spell at Southend United, joined Newport in 2017, where he has netted eight goals in 45 appearances so far this season.

Head to head

Historically, there is little to split the two sides, with Chesterfield narrowly having the edge in the 37 previous meetings.

A full head to head record is as follows:

Chesterfield - 19 (wins)

Draws - 2

Newport - 16 (wins)

Between 1987 and 2013, there was not a single meeting between the two sides, meaning that Chesterfield have not tasted victory over Monday’s opponents since 1986, when they secured a 3-2 victory over County at Saltergate.

From the dugout

Despite the 2-1 loss at Vale Park, the Spireites didn't lose too much ground on the team's above them, with Lester still of the belief that his team control their own destiny.

He said: "If we win (against Newport) we put some pressure on the others and it’s still in our hands.

“If we win our games in hand, we’re out of the bottom two and that’s a good position to be in, though we have to win our games.”

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 night on the official site.

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