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PREVIEW: Swindon Town

23 February 2018

The Spireites return to the Proact tomorrow, with Swindon Town the visitors (3pm), 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

Tomorrow's match is kids for a quid, 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 other prices can be found here.

Team news

The Spireites could welcome back defender Drew Talbot, following his recovery from a hamstring injury, while Jack Lester has confirmed that new signing George Smith has recovered from an ankle injury.

Louis Dodds and Zavon Hines have both trained this week and could come back into contention after missing the trip to Carlisle United.

Giles Coke will once again miss out, while Lester will once again be without Joe Anyon, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Jordan Sinnott, Dylan Mottley-Henry and Gozie Ugwu.

Swindon will be without long-term absentees Matt Preston and Dion Conroy, while midfielder Amine Linganzi has suffered a setback and has been ruled out of Saturday’s fixture.

However, the visitors will be lifted by the return of skipper Olly Lancashire and Kellan Gordon also looks set to come back into the side.

The opposition 

Manager- David Flitcroft

The former Chester City and Rochdale Midfielder, who played his final game for Dale in September 2009, took over the Robins in June last year and has made a good start to life in the County Ground dugout, guiding them to sixth place, picking up 57 points from 34 League Two matches.

Flitcroft, 44, began his managerial career at Barnsley, helping to keep the club in the Championship in his first season.

However, he struggled in his second campaign, and was sacked with the club bottom of the league.

He also had three-year stint in charge of Bury, helping them achieve promotion to League One in 2015. However, after a poor run of form, he was sacked in November 2016.

One to watch - Marc Richards

Swindon have no fewer than three former Spireites in their squad, however one that players and fans will be keeping a particular eye on is forward Marc Richards.

Richards, who joined tomorrow’s opponents in January, played for Chesterfield for two seasons between 2012 and 2014, netting 20 goals in 72 appearances, partnering Jack Lester in the current Chesterfield bosses’ last season at the club as a player.

The 35-year-old, who has played for the likes of Barnsley, Port Vale and Northampton Town, is in fine form coming into to this fixture, having netted seven goals in his first eight games for his new club, including two against former side Vale last Saturday. 

Head to Head

This will be the 51st meeting between the two sides, since their inagural meeting in 1935, with the visitors who have historically had the edge.

The full record is as follows:

Chesterfield: 18 (wins)

Draws: 8

Swindon Town: 24 (wins)

Despite historically struggling against the Robins, there have been some occasions where the Spireites have upstaged Saturday’s visitors, most notably in 2001, when Chesterfield hammered Swindon 4-0 at Saltergate.

After a goalless first half, the Spireites would set the tone of the second period early on, with David Reeves netting the opener after 47 minutes, followed by goals from Lee Richardson and Graham Hyde, before Jonathan Howard completed the rout.

From the dugout: 

With several players back in contention to feature tomorrow, Lester is confident his team can produce a much-needed result, however he knows the challenge that Flitcroft's men will offer.

"They're a good side and so are we," the Spireites boss said.

"We've trained really well this week, it's a game at home and one we're really looking forward to. I like the way they play - they've got some good players.

"We've had a look at them and we understand their threats. It'll be a good game of football." 

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 weekend on the official site.


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