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Match preview: Gateshead

21 September 2018

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The Spireites welcome Gateshead to the Proact on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game…

Tickets

Tickets can be bought online, or supporters can purchase their tickets on the day of the game, from the Club Superstore from 10am to 12 noon and then from the ticket office, which will be open from 12 noon until kick-off.

Team News

Tom Denton looks set to make his home debut for the Spireites while Charlie Carter could be involved after returning to training. New signings Jonathan Smith and Joshua Kayode are in contention after signing on loan from Stevenage and Rotherham United respectively. Will Evans faces an intensive rehabilitation programme.

The Opposition

The Manager – Steve Watson
Watson had a long playing career that spanned almost 20 years. He started off at Newcastle United and ended up making over 200 appearances for the Magpies. He still holds the record for being the youngest player ever to make an appearance for Newcastle, after coming on as a substitute against Wolves in 1990 when he was just 16 years and 233 days old.
He then had spells at Aston Villa, Everton, West Brom, and Sheffield Wednesday, before he was released by the Owls in 2009, due to long-term injury problems.
The former England U21 international began his coaching career as development coach at Huddersfield Town in 2010, joining former Newcastle team-mate Lee Clark, who was manager at the time. Watson then followed Clark to Birmingham City in 2012 before leavin the West Midlands club in 2014.
He had a short stint as assistant-manager at Macclesfield Town in 2016, but made the step up as a first-team manager when he took charge of Gateshead last October.

One to watch – Luke Armstrong
The Middlesbrough loanee has already netted five goals this season, and was one of the main reasons for Gateshead’s impressive start to the season.
The 22-year-old came through the Middlesbrough youth set-up before being released at the age of 18.
However, he returned to Boro just a year later after scoring an impressive 23 goals in the Northern Premier League for Blyth Spartans.
Although he hasn’t found the net in the last five fixtures, Armstrong will certainly pose a threat to the Spireites defence.

Head to head

The two teams have met on 22 separate occasions, with the Spireites winning 12, losing three and drawing seven of those matches.

From the dugout

 

Martin Allen said: "We need to get better, which is why I have made these changes. We've got a good team now.

"I think the fans have been very patient and very supportive. I was expecting us to be right at the top, challenging all the way. I'm very disappointed because we've not got anywhere near enough points and the performances at times have been not good enough.

"We have been unlucky and every manager I talk to and says what a good team we are and at the end, we'll be there. I don't want to talk about the end, I want to talk about now and I want to get some action now, to repay the faith of the supporters and all those people who have paid for season tickets.

"I haven't got what I wanted and I haven't got what I expected, but I will get it."

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