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MATCH PREVIEW: Morecambe

10 April 2018

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The Spireites head to Morecambe this evening (7.45pm), for another crucial Sky Bet League Two fixture. Here's our big match preview...

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the Globe Arena. Please note that cash payments are required at the turnstiles while debit/credit card transactions can be made at the ticket office. Tickets are priced as follows:

Adult: £21

Concession: £17 (senior citizens)

Under 22: £15

Student with valid NUS card: £15

Under 18: £6

Team News

Chesterfield remain without Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry. Ian Evatt will travel with the squad to the Globe Arena but is still not quite fit enough to make a return.

Morecambe will be boosted by the return to fitness of defender Max Müller from a back injury while goalkeeper Barry Roche may also play, having recently suffered from a calf problem.

The opposition

Manager – Jim Bentley

Bentley has been in charge of the Shrimps for nearly seven years, having previously played for them for nine seasons.

He has now racked up over 350 games in the dugout and only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Exeter’s Paul Tisdale have spent more time in their respective roles throughout the entire English football league.

In October, Bentley and his assistant Ken McKenna both signed new contracts to remain at the club until 2020.

One to watch – Kevin Ellison

Ellison may now be 39-years-old, but he is having another impressive season for the Shrimps and showing little sign of slowing down.

He is the club’s top scorer across all competitions so far this term with 10 goals and remains a key figure in dressing room.

The former Rotherham United, Hull City and Leicester City forward has been at the Globe Arena for seven years and has made 312 appearances during his time there.

Head to Head

Tonight’s clash is the 15th time the two sides have met, with Morecambe currently having the edge over the Spireites.

Chesterfield – 2 (wins)

Draws – 6

Morecambe – 6 (wins)

Morecambe ran out 2-0 winners when they travelled to the Proact Stadium in October, with forward Adam McGurk grabbing both goals.

From the dugout

On the back of last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Grimsby, Spireites boss Jack Lester is determined for his side to put things right against Morecambe.

He said: "A win there changes everything. It’s one we can go and compete in.

"We’ll have to match their energy and match their fight, then we’ll be trying to win the game. If we can win, it will be fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Shrimps manager Bentley is wary of the threat facing a team battling against relegation at this stage of the season can pose.

“This is a massive game for us and Chesterfield are very capable,” he told the club’s website. “They’ve had good results themselves against Swindon and Notts County recently.

“They play good football and are fighting for their lives so we’ll have to match their desire if we want to take points from the game.”

Can't get to the Globe Arena? Fear not, you can still follow all the action from the game.

Across matchday 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 on the official site.


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