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PREVIEW: Notts County

24 March 2018

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The Spireites take on Notts County in a televised fixture at the Proact tomorrow, 1.30pm. Here's our big match preview.........


Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.


Following events at the Lincoln City fixture, a matchday collection will be held to raise funds for St John Ambulance and The Air Ambulance Service.

Further details about the collection can be found here.


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 prices can be found here.

Team news

Manager Jack Lester will be able to call upon the services of Louis Reed, after the midfielder completed the final match of a two-game suspension against Cheltenham Town last Saturday.

Despite coming through a practice match in midweek, the fixture may come too soon for defender Ian Evatt and midfielder Jordan Sinnott. Long term absentees Sam Hird and Gozie Ugwu miss out once again, with Hird ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Ben Hall misses out for the visitors, with the on-loan defender away on international duty with Northern Ireland U21s.

The opposition

Player/Manager- Kevin Nolan

A Premier League midfield for most of his playing career, with spells at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United, saw him net over 100 goals in all competitions. The Liverpool born midfielder also won two caps for England at U21 level twice.

At the tender age of 35, the Notts County boss is the youngest manager in the EFL.

Despite his age, this is Nolan’s second managerial job, after previously being player/manager at Leyton Orient.

In the 2015/16 season Nolan narrowly missed out on the Sky Bet League Two play-offs before being relieved of his duties in that summer.

Nolan took over at Meadow Lane in January 2017 and guiding the team to League Two safety after 10-game winless start.

Following an impressive start to this campaign, he was rewarded with a new three-year deal in September. His impressive start has been maintained, with the Magpies being well in contention for promotion to Sky Bet League One.

One to Watch- Shola Ameobi

Ameobi is best known after spending most of his career playing in the Premier League for Newcastle United, where he made over 300 appearances for the club between 2000-2014.

The striker played for England U21s in the early part of his career before switching his allegiance to his native Nigeria in 2012. He has scored twice in 10 appearances for the Super Eagles.

Well known to player/manager Nolan, from there time together at Newcastle, Ameobi has also had spells at Stoke City (loan), Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, Fleetwood Town and Turkish side Gazientep BB during his career.

So far this campaign, the Nigerian has scored five times in 30 appearances for County, with his latest goal coming in the 2-0 win over Stevenage last month.

Head to Head

Today’s meeting will be the 68th time the sides have played each other, with the first dating back to 1930.

The full head to head record is as follows:

Chesterfield: 20 (wins)

Draws: 19

Notts County: 28 (wins)

Almost ten years ago to the day these two sides met at Saltergate, with Chesterfield running out 3-1 winners.

Jamie Ward and Alan Goodall putting the Spireites 2-0 up, before Delroy Facey pulled one back for the magpies. Paul Harsley sealed the game in the 90th minute with the Spireites’ third. Click on the link below to watch the goals from that day.

From the dugout

Lester is more than aware of the threat posed by the Magpies tomorrow, but he's  confident that his men can build on last week's point at Cheltenham, with a good result and performance against another team at the top of the League Two table.

He said: “They are good, the play a 4-4-2 most of the time.

"They’ve got a lot of experience up front and they look to get those two involved as often and as quickly as they can.

“They’ve got some good players, but there are certainly areas where we think we can get some joy. It certainly won’t be a case of us playing a team at the top and sitting back, we’re going to go out with all guns blazing and try to win the game.”

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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