The Spireites will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to six games when they welcome Maidstone United to the Proact on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….
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Apart from Jerome Binnom-Williams, who is continuing to recover from a knee injury, John Sheridan should have a full squad to choose from on Saturday.
The Manager – Hakan Hayrettin
During his playing career Hayrettin featured for the likes of Cambridge United, Doncaster, Peterborough and Barnet but injuries meant that he had to step down to part-time football.
His managerial career began in 2003 at Waltham Forest before taking charge at Thurrock and Grays Athletic.
During his time at Thurrock and Grays Athletic, he took them to a play-off semi-final finish in the Isthmian League Division One North in his first season at the club. The next campaign they went one better, gaining promotion to the Premier Division.
He left to join Luton Town as first team coach in 2013. Hayrettin also guided Luton’s U23s side to a Football League U23s title.
His next port of call was Braintree in 2016 but after suffering relegation in his debut season at The Iron, he left his role. However, a year later he was back as manager of Braintree for a short period before joining Maidstone as head coach in January.
The 49-year-old hasn’t managed to save The Stones from relegation this season but they are coming off an impressive victory over in-form Barnet on Tuesday night.
One to watch – Blair Turgott
The 24-year-old came through the youth ranks at West Ham United and made his one and only senior appearance for The Hammers in an FA Cup fixture against Nottingham Forrest in 2014. He was also a regular in England’s youth teams, all the way from under 16s to under 19s.
After numerous loan spells at the likes of Bradford City and Colchester, his first permanent move away from West Ham was to Coventry City. His time in the Midlands didn’t last long as he was released soon after, but he then moved to Leyton Orient where he spent a year at the club.
After a spell at Bromley and short spells at Stevenage and Boreham Wood, the forward initially moved to Maidstone on loan. After impressing his current club, Turgott made the move permanent and has hit the ground running this season.
Turgott has found the net twelve times for Maidstone, which means the Chesterfield defence will have to be on their toes on Saturday.
Head to head
The Spireites have come up against Maidstone on seven occasions, with Chesterfield winning four, drawing one and losing two of those matches. The most recent meeting between the two sides ended in a draw back in September, with Marc-Antoine Fortune cancelling out a Blair Turgott strike.
From the dugout
John Sheridan: “They’ve gone down but I’m still wary of them. I respect them. It’s important we finish as strong as we can, we’re on a decent run at home and we want to maintain that.”
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