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Match preview: Hartlepool

27 August 2018

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The Spireites head to Hartlepool today (3pm, looking to return to winning ways. Here is our big match preview…..


Tickets are priced as follows:

£18: Adults (19+)

£9: Seniors (60+)/Students/Under 19s/Armed Forces

£5: Under-16s

Under 5s are free.

Wheelchair users/Ambulant Disabled fans are charged at the relevant age category with free carer if on high rate DLA/enhanced rate PIP.

Fans paying by cash are able to purchase a ticket from turnstiles 1 & 2 next to the ticket office on Clarence Road from approximately one-and-a-half-hours prior to kick-off.

Anyone paying by card will need to do so in the main ticket office next to the away turnstiles (open 10am up until kick-off). Ambulant/wheelchair disabled & carer tickets also need to be purchased from here. At the time of writing, there were only two wheelchair bays remaining.

Team News

Martin Allen is considering his options after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Barnet. He stated in his post-match press conference that Gozie Ugwu would start. Jerome Binnom-Williams completes his three-match ban.

The Opposition

The Manager – Matthew Bates
The 31-year-old started his football career as a youngster at Manchester United’s centre of excellence, before his hometown club Middlesbrough signed him and he immediately impressed at youth level. He was promoted to the first team in late 2004 and after a successful loan at Darlington, he established himself as a first-team regular.
He made over 100 appearances for the club and was made captain in the 2010/2011 season. However, he suffered a string of serious injuries during his time at Middlesbrough, and Bates made the move to Bristol City after eight years.
After short spells at Bristol City and Bradford City, Bates was signed by Hartlepool United in 2014. During his time at the club, he has twice been appointed as caretaker manager, the first time being following the departure of Dave Jones, at the end of the 2016/17 campaign. His latest spell came at the end of last season, where he took charge for the last two games of the campaign, following the dismissal of Craig Harrison.
Bates kept Hartlepool in the division last season, and evidently made an impression at the club, as he was appointed manager for the start of this season.

One to Watch – Niko Muir
Muir netted 40 times for Hendon last season, as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the National League South. His goalscoring talents caught the eye of Championship side QPR and joined the London club on trial last season. Since moving to Hartlepool this summer, the striker has hit the ground running, scoring two goals already this season.

Head to Head
The Spireites have come up against Hartlepool 46 times, winning 23, drawing 15, and losing eight times. The most recent meeting between the sides was in 2014, when goals from Eoin Doyle and Liam Cooper secured a 2-1 win for Chesterfield.

From the Dugout

Speaking in the aftermath of the Barnet match, Martin Allen said: "I'll see some of the senior players in my office and work out a plan. It's got to be better than what I saw this afternoon because I did not enjoy that one little bit.

"Our performance wasn't good enough and we've got to do something to change it and work on it as quick as we possibly can because we bounce into another game on Monday."

If you are not able to make it down to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by...

- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

- Posting regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account

- Uploading images during the afternoon on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
- Providing reaction from the game on the official website

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