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PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley

5 January 2018

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After a busy couple of days in the transfer market, the Spireites are back in Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow, when they travel to the Wham Stadium to face Accrington Stanley, 3pm. Here’s our match preview....


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however, Town supporters can purchase tickets on the day from 1.30pm at the Wham Stadium, subject to no price increase.

Admission prices for the match are as follows: -





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Students (with valid NUS card)






Team news

Accrington will check on the fitness of captain Seamus Conneely and Jordan Thorniley with both having suffered groin injuries in recent weeks. The match is set to come too soon for Erico Sousa.

Stanley meanwhile could hand a debut to central defender Jimmy Dunne, after the Irishman completed a loan move from Burnley earlier this week.

Spireites boss Jack Lester could give as many as five players their debuts tomorrow, with new signings Drew Talbot, Sid Nelson, Zavon Hines, Josh Kay and Aaron Ramsdale all in contention to play.

Lester however, will be without injury victims Bradley Barry, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Joe Anyon, Gozie Ugwu, Jordan Flores and Jordan Sinnott. Scott Wiseman misses the match through suspension after his dismissal against Coventry City. The Gibraltar international will also miss next Saturday’s home clash with Luton Town.

Manager – John Coleman

Now in his second spell as Accrington manager, Coleman is a hugely popular figure at the Wham Stadium.

Initially appointed as player/manager in 1999, Coleman guided the club through the non-league pyramid and back into the EFL in 2006, five years later, he took them to the League Two play offs, where they were defeated by Stevenage.

He departed Stanley in 2012 to join Rochdale, whom he managed for a year before spells with Southport and Irish side, Sligo Rovers, he returned to Accrington in September 2014.

After a 13th place finish in League Two last season, Coleman finds his side in 10th position.

And with their New Year’s Day home fixture with Morecambe abandoned at half time due to a waterlogged pitch, the Reds head into tomorrow’s clash with just two wins from their last six league outings.

One to watch – Callum Johnson

Johnson joined Stanley from Middlesbrough on a permanent basis for an undisclosed earlier today (Friday), after initially joining the club on a loan deal in September.

Capable of playing as a central midfielder or across the back four, Johnson has already made 13 appearances this season. The 21-year-old had previously been at ‘Boro’ since the age of seven.

Head to head

The overall record between the two teams in their competitive meetings is a close one, as shown below: -

Accrington – 23 (wins)

Draws – 11

Chesterfield – 24 (wins)

Town don’t have the best record in Lancashire however, with Stanley winning the five of the last six meetings at the Wham Stadium. 

Chesterfield's last point at Stanley came in January 2011, where they recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, thanks to two goals in the last two minutes from Deane Smalley and Scott Boden.

From the Dugout

Speaking ahead of the game, Lester says that the Spireites will head into the game with a confident mindset and is looking forward to seeing his new signings in action.

He said:“We’ve competed with everyone we’ve played with. Coventry went third and we were right in that game.

“So, we’re positive and very excited about the future, we’ve got to gel this group as quick as we can and get moving forward.” 

Can’t get to Lancashire? Fear not you’ll still be able to follow all the action.

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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