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PREVIEW: Crawley Town

2 February 2018

The Spireites return to Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow, when they take on in-form Crawley Town at the Proact, 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.

Team news

Spireites boss Jack Lester could hand debuts to new signings Dylan Mottley-Henry, Louis Dodds, Jacob Brown and Giles Coke, while Bradley Barry is in contention to return to the squad following a hamstring injury.

The match is likely to come too soon for striker Gozie Ugwu, who is edging closer to full fitness. Deadline day signing George Smith will also miss out with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Joe Anyon, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt and Jordan Sinnott are also unavailable through injury. 

Crawley could hand a debut to Karlan Ahearne-Grant, after the attacking midfielder arrived on loan from Charlton Athletic earlier in the week. While midfielder Jordan Roberts is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

Head Coach – Harry Kewell

The former Leeds and Liverpool player took over Crawley in May last year, becoming the first Australian to manage a professional English side. 

Kewell began his playing career at Leeds United, enjoying a very successful seven-year stay in Yorkshire, playing 181 times and scoring 45 goals. His big move to Liverpool was less successful however, though he was part of the Champions League winning side against AC Milan in 2005. 

Kewell began his coaching career in 2015 as the Watford U23s head coach before deciding to move into first team management this year. 

And after an inconsistent start to the campaign, the Red Devils are now in the middle of an impressive run of form, with five wins from their last six matches. Kewell's men currently reside in 12th place on 42 points. 

One to watch – Enzio Boldewijn

Dutchman Boldewijn, joined Crawley prior to the start of last season from second division side, Almere City, prior to his time at Almere he had spells with Utrecht and Den Bosch.

In his debut season for the Red Devils, he scored six goals in 52 appearances. Boldewijn has followed that up with eight goals and four assists this season, including braces in the recent matches with Barnet and last Saturday's 2-1 over Accrington Stanley at the Checkatrade Stadium.

The 25-year-old is capable of playing on either flank or as a centre forward.

Head to head

Tomorrow's match will be just the fourth between the two sides since 2014. With the Spireites being unbeaten in the three meetings thus far.

The overall record stands at: -

Chesterfield - 2 wins

Draws - 1 

Crawley - 0 wins

The last time the Spireites met the Reds at the Proact was in January 2015, when two goals from Eoin Doyle and one from Jay O'Shea gave us a 3-0 victory.

From the dugout

After a busy week in the transfer market, Lester is looking forward to concentrating on football once again and he expects another tough fixture against Kewell's side.

He said: "It'll be a good game. They play good football and they're a bit more of a passing team than most. It's one we're very capable of winning."  

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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