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PREVIEW: Barnet

4 May 2018

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The Spireites head to The Hive tomorrow, to take on Barnet, 3pm, in our final Sky Bet League Two fixture of the season. Here’s our big match preview…….

Tickets

Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, but supporters are advised that they can still purchase theirs on the day of the game, subject to no price increase.

Prices are as follows: -

Category

Price

Adult

£23

Over 65s and 17-21s

£14

U17s

£5

Team News

Barnet will be without Simeon Akinola, who was carried from the field on a stretcher during the win at Morecambe with what turned out to be a torn Achilles. Alex Nicholls, who came on to replace Akinola last weekend, is in contention to start.

Ryan Watson is another option for Bees boss Martin Allen, whose team must win and hope Morecambe's result at Coventry goes in their favour if they are to survive.

Chesterfield will be without defender Sid Nelson, who was forced off during Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Newport County with a fractured fibula. Andy Kellett and Chris O'Grady also miss out, with hamstring and back injuries respectively.

Experienced midfielder Giles Coke could feature, however, after coming through training on Thursday.

The opposition

The manger – Martin Allen

Allen was appointed Bees manager for a fifth time on March 19 and has given the club hope of avoiding a return to the National League, with a run of four wins from seven matches.

After a playing career which saw him take in the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Portsmouth and West Ham United, Allen was first appointed Bees manager in March 2003, where he would stay for a year before departing for Brentford.

Allen would guide Brentford to safety in the then Third Division, before the following two seasons saw him guide them to the League One playoffs.

Spells at MK Dons, Leicester City and Cheltenham Town followed, before returning to Barnet for three games in 2011, before leaving for Notts County. After a year at Meadow Lane, he was back at Barnet for a third spell before leaving for Gillingham in 2013, where he guided the Gills to the League Two championship.

He returned to Barnet for a fourth time in 2014/15 and got them back into the Football League before departing for Eastleigh in December 2016.

One to watch – Alex Nicholls

Capable of playing as either a midfielder or a striker, Nicholls has been in fine form for the Bees in recent weeks, netting the winning goals in the matches with fellow League Two strugglers Forest Green and Morecambe.

Nicholls, who has seven goals in 26 appearances this campaign, joined the club from Exeter City at the start of last season.

He started out his career at Walsall in 2005, before moving on to Burton Albion and then Northampton Town. While he even had a loan spell at Scottish side Dundee at the end of the last campaign, where he made a total of 13 appearances.

The former Grecian has proved to be somewhat of a lucky charm during his time at Barnet, as the Bees have never lost when he’s scored for them.

Head to Head

Since the first meeting between the sides in 1991, the Spireites have had the upper hand in the encounters, with the full record standing as follows: -

Barnet – 7 (wins)

Draws – 3

Chesterfield – 9 (wins)

On their last visit to Barnet five years ago, the Spireites emerged 2-0 winners, thanks to goals from Jay O’Shea and Sam Togwell.

From the dugout

With a lot riding on the game for the hosts, manager Ian Evatt says that his team will not go to London and simply roll over - they are going there to win.

He said: "We’ve got to try and win, we’ll be playing as strong a team as possible to win. It’s only fair that we do right by Morecambe who are still in it.

“To be honest, I’m a bit fed up of seeing people celebrate in front of us. We had that with Wycombe on Saturday and Forest Green the week before, so after 90 minutes on Saturday, I don’t want to see Barnet celebrating. Hopefully we can do a job and get three points.”

Can't get to Barnet? 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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