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Preview: Carlisle United

16 February 2018

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The Spireites are back on their travels tomorrow, when they head to Brunton Park to take on Carlisle United (3pm), here’s our big match preview….


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, but supporters are advised that tickets can be purchased on the day, with all categories bar children and junior rates increasing by £3.

A full list of prices (not including increase) can be found here.

Team News

Carlisle will be without five players as Jason Kennedy, Nicky Adams, Luke Joyce, Danny Grainger and Tom Miller miss out through injury.

Spireites boss Jack Lester will hope to have Sid Nelson and Andy Kellett back in contention after both missed out through injury on Tuesday night. Giles Coke however, will miss out due to a hamstring injury, along with Dylan Mottley-Henry who needs a hernia operation.

Joe Anyon, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Jordan Sinnott, Gozie Ugwu, Drew Talbot and George Smith remain on the sidelines.

The opposition

Manager – Keith Curle

Former England international Curle, took charge of the Cumbrian side in 2014, having previously managed Mansfield Town, Chester City, Torquay United and Notts County.

During his first season with the club he managed to guide them to Sky Bet League Two safety with a 20th place finish. The following campaign saw United finish in 10th.

Last season saw Carlisle finish inside the Play Off places where they narrowly missed out on a place in the final following a 6-5 aggregate defeat to Exeter City.

Curle’s men are currently in 13th position, with 42 points from 32 matches.

As a player, Curle featured for the likes of Wimbledon, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

One to watch – Jamie Devitt

Former Spireite Jamie Devitt heads into tomorrow’s game in fine form having scored four goals in his last four appearances for the Cumbrians.

Those strikes have taken his tally to eight for the season, while he’s also provided one assist.

Born in Dublin, Devitt’s career began at Hull City, where he was named young player of the year at the end of the 2007/08 campaign.

During his time with the Tigers, Devitt spent time on loan at Grimsby Town, Darlington and Bradford City among others. He moved to the Proact in 2013, scoring once in seven appearances before heading to Morecambe in May 2014. The Irishman then joined Carlisle in 2016.

Head to Head

Tomorrow’s meeting is the 75th between the two sides, with the Spireites having had the better of the previous encounters since they first met in 1929.

The full record is as follows: -

Carlisle – 24 (wins)

Draws – 15

Chesterfield – 35 (wins)

Town’s record at Brunton Park is not the best, with our last win there coming in back in September 2000, where a Roger Willis double and further goals from Marcus Ebdon and Ryan Williams secured a 4-2 triumph.

From the dugout

After three consecutive home defeats, Lester acknowledged the frustrations of the Town faithful, but he’s calling for everyone to pull together as he bids to overturn his team's form.

He said: “I think they’ve (the fans) got a big part to play, I understand the frustration, we’ve had two good wins and then didn’t back it up with the home games that we’ve had. 

“So we’re all disappointed about that, we need to stay focused on performance and getting some wins under our belts as soon as possible.”

Can't get to Carlisle? 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 weekend on the official site.

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