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PREVIEW: Cambridge United

13 February 2018

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The Spireites welcome Cambridge United to the Proact tonight, 7.45pm in their latest Sky Bet League Two home fixture. Here's our match preview...


Supporters are advised that tickets are currently on sale online and via the club's ticket office. The full list of prices can be found here.

Team News

The Spireites will be without Gozie Ugwu who suffered an injury setback last week after only just recovering from a long term spell on the sidelines. He will miss the next eight-12 weeks of football, whilst Drew Talbot, Andy Kellett, George Smith, Joe Anyon, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt and Jordan Sinnott also remain sidelined.

Sid Nelson will be assessed after having a CT scan to an injury picked up in the last home match with Crawley Town.

And after missing out on action at the weekend, Bradley Barry is contention to return to the starting XI, while Giles Coke and Jacob Brown could both make their Town debuts.

For the U's, they will be without their captain and centre back Leon Legge who remains a few weeks away from returning to action.

Midfielder Medy Elito is available after illness, while winger Piero Mingoia could return after a groin injury. Striker Jabo Ibehre looks set to miss out due to concussion.

Caretaker manager - Joe Dunne 

Former Gillingham and Colchester United defender Dunne, took on the role of caretaker manager at the Cambs Glass Stadium, following Shaun Derry's departure over the weekend.

Dunne had previously served as Derry's asssistant, having arrived at Cambridge in 2015.

The role is nothing new to the former Republic of Ireland U21 international, who had a spell as Colchester's caretaker manager in 2009, before a spell as their permanent manager from 2012-2014 

One to watch - Jevani Brown

Brown has caught the eye of Cambridge fans this season with some brilliant performances in attack. The summer signing has had no problems settling in after arriving from non-league football, where he scored 19 times last season for St Neots Town.

Linked with a move to Wolves in January, he appears to be a player destined for a higher level despite just half a season in the Football League.

The forward started his career with Peterborough United where he was there from a young age - before being released in November 2013. Since then he has featured for numerous non-league clubs; Langford, Barton Rovers, Wingate and Finchley, Arlesey, Kettering, Stamford and St Neots.

Head to head

Chesterfield and Cambridge have met just 13 times in the two clubs' history. The last of which came this season when the Spireites were defeated 2-1 in October.

The record between the two teams stands as the following:

Chesterfield - 7 (wins).

Draws - 1

Cambridge - 5 (wins).

The U's haven't travelled to Chesterfield since 2001. On that day Luke Beckett scored twice in a 2-0 win for a Spireites side that included Thomas Hitzlesperger.

From the dug out

Jack Lester admits that he's not too sure how exactly Cambridge will line up tonight, but his players will be ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

"There’s a different manager, so they may be trying to play a different way," he said.

“The last time he went in as interim manager they quickly changed to a 4-2-3-1, they’ve been playing a diamond, but we’re not preparing for any formation, we’re preparing for the individuals that we might face, so that’s been the focus.

“You can spend a lot of time second guessing what’s going on, if you don’t know you just prepare the players for the individuals they’re going to be facing and what are their strengths and weaknesses.”

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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