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PREVIEW: Port Vale

29 March 2018

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The Spireites will be looking to build on Sunday's impressive win over Notts County, when they head to the Potteries tomorrow, to take on Port Vale, 3pm. Here's our big match preview......


Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, but supporters can purchase tickets on the day of the game, between 1-3pm from the away kiosk located outside the Hamill Road End. 

Any tickets bought on the day will be subject to a £2 price increase.

Category Price
 Adult £22
Seniors (62+)  £17 
Young adults  £17 
Juniors (12-17s)  £10 
Under 12s Free
Carers Free

Team news

Port Vale will check on the fitness of top goal scorer Tom Pope, who has missed out over the last month with a hernia injury.

The Spireites meanwhile can count on the availability of captain Robbie Weir, who despite his withdrawal last Sunday is ready to play.

Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry all miss out through injury. Though Lester hopes to have both Ian Evatt and Jordan Sinnott available in the coming weeks, following their continued progress in training. 

The opposition

Manager - Neil Aspin

Current manager Neil Aspin has been in charge at Vale Park since October, replacing Michael Brown after Vale made a poor start to the season.

Despite an initial upturn in form, the Valiants have faltered recently and are one of several teams in an increasing tense League Two relegation battle, sat on 39 points from 39 games.

Aspin, 52, had a ten-year spell at Vale Park as player, notching up 348 appearances in that time. Prior to this, he also had a seven-year spell at Leeds United. His first step into management was at Harrogate Town in 2005, where he spent four years, before moving FC Halifax Town, where he led the club to three consecutive promotions, taking them from eighth tier to the Conference, before he was sacked in 2015.

He then moved on to Gateshead, where he kept the club in mid-table in the National League, before getting his first football league with Vale.

One to Watch- Nathan Smith

The centre-half is highly thought of at Vale Park, with the 21-year-old completing 100 consecutive starts in a white shirt, in last week's 0-0 draw away at Wycombe Wanderers.

His impressive form during that time has seen him attract interest from both Championship and Premier League clubs.

In the 2016-17 season Smith picked up five awards at the club’s end of season awards night, these included Young player of the year and Players player of the year. Prior to that, Smith enjoyed loan spells with both Stafford Rangers and Torquay United. 

Head to Head

Since the first meeting between the two sides back in 1899, the Spireites have held the upper hand over the Valiants, with the overall record standing as follows: -

Port Vale - 33 (wins)

Draws- 22

Chesterfield - 43 (wins) 

A performance which Chesterfield will be hoping to recreate tomorrow afternoon, was that of December 2012, when the Spireites came away from Vale Park 2-0 winners. Jay O’Shea opened the scoring for Town on the 37th minute, before Tendayi Darikwa doubled his side’s advantage with a goal in the second half.

Click on the link below to see the goals from that day.

From the dugout

Lester knows the significance of the fixture, given where the two teams sit in the Sky Bet League Two table.

However, despite Vale's win-less run in 2018, he's not expecting an easy fixture.

He said: "We know what's coming, we know what to expect.

"They've drawn a lot of games recently, which they could've won. So we're prepared. It'll be a good game."

Can't get to Stoke-on-Trent? 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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