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PREVIEW: Exeter City

16 April 2018

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The Spireites take on Paul Tisdale's high-flying Exeter City at St James' Park tomorrow night, 7.45pm, in their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture. Here's our big match preview.....


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and also online, supporters can purchase tickets on the day, though all prices will increase by £1.

A full list of prices (including increase) can be found below: -

Category Price
Adults £23
Senior (over 64) £20
Full-time student (with valid NUS/matriculation card) £20
U18s £10.50

Anyone with tickets from the original date of the fixture (Saturday, March 3), are advised that they will remain valid for this game.

Ambulant disabled fans are charged the appropriate age related price and an assistant receives a free ticket. Wheelchair disabled supporters are advised to contact Exeter's ticket office directly on 01392 411243 (option two/three) or via e-mail at

True Blue Travel is also available for this fixture, priced at £25 adults and £15 juniors (must be accompanied by an adult). Once again, anyone with tickets from the original fixture are advised that they are still valid. The coach departs the Proact at 1pm on Tuesday.

Team news

The Grecians are set to once again be without Jordan Moore-Taylor, Troy Brown, Craig Woodman, Ryan Harley and Lee Holmes for tomorrow night's rearranged clash.

Jack Lester has no new injury concerns ahead of the Grecians clash. Though he will once again be without long-term absentees Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry.

The Manager - Paul Tisdale 

Tisdale has now been in charge of the Grecians for over 12 years and is only behind Arsenal's Arsene Wenger in the list of longest-serving managers in English football. 

The 45-year-old sealed his place in Exeter folklore by securing back-to-back promotions from the Conference to League One between 2007-09 and has resisted opportunities from bigger clubs to stay at St James Park. 

And since dropping back down to League Two in 2012, Tisdale has been desperate to guide his side back into the third tier, coming closest last summer when they suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley. 

One to watch - Jake Taylor 

After initially spending various loan spells away from his first club Reading at the start of his career, Taylor has looked very settled since making St James Park his permanent home in January 2016. 

The left winger is one of Exeter's most creative players and has had a hand in seven goals so far this season. His link-up play with top scorer Jayden Stockley is also something to keep your eye out for. 

The 26-year-old, who has been capped at international level by Wales, does have an eye for goal himself too, finding the back of the net eight times in League Two so far this term. 

Head to head 

Chesterfield have enjoyed a fair amount of success against the Grecians down the years and haven't tasted defeat in the last five meetings between the two sides. 

Exeter - 10 (wins) 

Draws - 11 

Chesterfield - 22 (wins) 

Rewind the clock ten years and the Spireites enjoyed a fantastic trip to St James Park in October 2008. 

Goals from Jamie Ward, Jamie Winter, Alan Goodall, Darren Currie and a brace from now manager Jack Lester sealed a comprehensive 6-1 victory in League Two. Click on the link below to see the goals from that memorable day.

From the dugout

The loss to the Stags, made it just one point from the last 12 for the Spireites, and leaves them facing an uphill task in order to maintain their League Two status.

But despite that Lester is urging his players to keep believing that they can get out of the situation they find themselves in, starting at Exeter tomorrow night.

"We've had a look for a little and we'd hoped to pick up more points in the last couple of games, but it justs puts more onus on the games coming up," he said.

"But you have to have belief, you have to believe that you're going to do it. We're not playing Real Madrid, we're going to places where we're more than capable of winning. 

"You need a win to give everybody some belief, and that needs to come tomorrow night."

Can't get to St James' Park? 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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