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PREVIEW: Luton Town

12 January 2018

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The Spireites return to action at the Proact tomorrow (3pm), for their first home fixture of 2018, with top of the table Luton Town the opponents. Here's our 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 from 12pm until kick off.

A full list of prices can be found here.

Team news

The Spireites will assess the fitness of strikers Chris O’Grady and Kristian Dennis, though Jack Lester is expecting at least one of them to feature.

Joe Anyon, Bradley Barry, Sam Hird, Ian Evatt, Jordan Flores, Jordan Sinnott, Gozie Ugwu and Ricky German all miss out through injury, while defender Scott Wiseman serves the final match of a two-game suspension.

Meanwhile January transfer window signings Aaron Ramsdale, Drew Talbot, Sid Nelson, Josh Kay and Zavon Hines are all in contention to make their home debuts.

Luton on the other hand, will have to make do without the suspended Alan Sheehan, as he serves the second match of a three-game suspension. Scott Cuthbert and Alan McCormack both miss out through injury.

The Hatters will also check on the fitness of Maltese midfielder Luke Gamblin, after he suffered a leg injury in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy clash with Peterborough United. 

Manager – Nathan Jones

Following spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town, Jones was appointed Hatters manager in January 2016, taking over from John Still.

In his first full season with the club, he guided them to the Sky Bet League Two playoffs, after finishing fourth in the regular season.

So far, this campaign, the Welshman has guided the Hatters to the top of Sky Bet League Two, with 54 points from 26 games. During that time his team have scored an impressive 62 goals.

One to watch – Olly Lee

Central midfielder Lee, recently hit the headlines by scoring from his own half in the 7-0 demolition of Cambridge United at Kenilworth Road. That strike was one of four goals in his 26 appearances this season.

Lee joined the club in August 2015 on a short-term contract, before signing an extended deal last summer, after previously playing for Dagenham and Redbridge, Gillingham, Barnet, Birmingham City and Plymouth Argyle.

The 26-year-old is the son of former Newcastle United and England midfielder Rob Lee and his brother Elliott is also in the Hatters’ squad, both of whom featured against the Magpies in last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie.

Head to head

Of the 40 meetings between the two clubs, it’s the Hatters who hold the upper hand, the full record stands as follows: -

Chesterfield – 11 wins.

Draws – 11

Luton – 18 wins

The Spireites’ last home league victory against the Hatters came in May 2004, when Glynn Hurst scored an 88th minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory and Division Two survival on the final day of the 2003/04 season.

From the dugout

Lester knows that the match with the Hatters is set to be one of the toughest since he took charge of the club. However, he believes that despite the gap in league positions, his team can get a positive result from the game.

He said: “It’s a league match and we’re at home, so we fancy ourselves to go and get a result. We’ve had a look at them and we’re confident we can go and give a good account of ourselves.

“They’ve built together a good squad and they’ve kept investing and now they’re getting their rewards.”

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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