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PREVIEW: Newport County

30 April 2018

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The Spireites play their final home match of the 2017/18 campaign tomorrow night, when Newport County travel to the Proact, 7.45pm, in a rearranged Sky Bet League Two fixture. Here's our big match preview.....

Reminder

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

Tickets

Any supporters with tickets from the original date of the game (Monday, April 2) are advised that these remain valid for tomorrow night's game.

Supporters without tickets can purchase their tickets from the Club Superstore from 9am-6pm, and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 6pm until kick off.

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.

A full list of prices can be found here.

Team News

Spireites caretaker boss Ian Evatt will check on the fitness of striker Chris O'Grady, after a back injury forced him out of Saturday's defeat to Wycombe. Andy Kellett may come back into contention, after he too missed out at the weekend.

Evatt also confirmed that Giles Coke will miss out, but could feature in Saturday's game with Barnet.

The Exiles will check on the fitness of defender Scot Bennett, who has recently been out with a foot injury.

The opposition

The manager - Michael Flynn

A 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 FA Cup.

In the league, Newport have had a far more stable season than last year, sitting in 11th place with 63 points from 44 games, and come into the game in good form, having won their last two league fixtures.

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. So far this season he's netted 10 goals in 50 appearances, with two in his last two matches, including the second in Saturday's 2-1 win over Cambridge United.

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 tomorrow’s opponents since 1986, when they secured a 3-2 victory over County at Saltergate.

From the dugout

After a season which has seen the Spireites relegated to the National League, as well as two managerial changes, caretaker boss Evatt is determined to give the Town faithful two more victories before the season's end, starting with the visit of the Exiles tomorrow night.

“The fans deserve that, they’ve backed us the whole time I’ve been at this club," he said.

“As I said on Saturday, for two-three years now, since Paul Cook left, we’ve became a team that’s lost more than we’ve won which isn’t good enough.

“The fans have stuck with us all the way, there were no protests or booing and the players responded to that. And it’s only right that we give them something to cheer about and try and change the mood going into the summer, with a win against Newport and a win against Barnet on Saturday.” 

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  on the official site.


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