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Match Preview: Wrexham

1 March 2019

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The Spireites are hoping to make it back-to-back wins when they travel to Wales to face Wrexham on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….

Tickets

Tickets will go off sale in the Club Superstore at 3pm on Friday. They will be sold online until 12noon.

Supporters who are planning to attend the fixture should note that tickets will not be sold on the day of the game.

Tickets are on sale in the Club Superstore and online, priced as follows:

Adult: £19

65+: £14

80+: £8

U21: £14

U18: £8

Any wheelchair users who require a ticket should phone 01978 891864 or email info@wrexhamfc.tv.

Team News

During Thursday's pre-match press conference, assistant-manager Glynn Snodin confirmed that there are “a couple of niggles”, but no serious injuries.

The Opposition

The Manager – Bryan Hughes

The 42-year-old began his playing career at Wrexham and played a crucial part in the side that went all the way to the FA Cup quarter-finals in the 1996-97 season. They beat the likes of West Ham United and Birmingham City, but their run was ended by the Spireites.

The attacking midfielder caught the eye during that cup run, which earnt him a move to Birmingham City.

Hughes was instrumental in Steve Bruce’s team that were promoted to the Premier League after beating Norwich City in the play-off final on penalties in 2002.

In 2004 he swapped the Midlands for London and joined Charlton Athletic after seven years in Birmingham.

He scored his first goal for the club in a FA Cup tie against Rochdale in January 2005 and went onto make 22 appearances for The Addicks in his first season.

By the 2006/07 season, Hughes was finding game time hard to come by, and Charlton were relegated from the Premier League.

He left Charlton for Hull City, having made 85 appearances and scored eight goals for the London club.

Hughes experienced another promotion to the Premier League at Hull, after a 1-0 victory in the play-off final over Bristol City at Wembley.

Their promotion to the Premier League meant that Hughes didn’t feature as often, making only 8 appearances.

He had a short spell on loan at Derby County before his contract was mutually terminated in January 2010.

Brief periods at Burton Albion, Grimsby Town and Icelandic club ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar followed before he came back to England to join Accrington Stanley in 2011.

Hughes won the League Two ‘Player of the Month’ award in December and scored three times in 22 appearances during his time at the club.

His next port of call was Scarborough Athletic, which is where Hughes’ managerial career began.

He had a year-long spell as joint manager from 2014 to 2015, and during that period was also head of coaching at the i2i International Soccer Academy.

After a run of poor results, Hughes left his role at Scarborough.

Wrexham appointed him as manager on the 6th of February on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The Dragons currently sit top of the National League.

One to Watch – Brad Walker

The midfielder began his career at Hartlepool United, signing a professional contract in 2013.

His good form saw him win the League Two ‘Apprentice of the Year Award’ at the 2014 Football League Awards.

In the summer of 2017, Walker was on the move to Crewe Alexandra and scored his first goal for the club against Rotherham in the FA Cup first round.

The 23-year-old was loaned out to Wrexham last August and scored his first goal for The Dragons against Chesterfield in a 1-1 draw in October.

In January Walker was signed by Shrewsbury and was immediately loaned back to Wrexham for the remainder of the season.

The midfielder has scored four goals this season and the Spireites will have to keep a close eye on Walker if they are to come away from North Wales with a positive result.

Head to head

The Welsh side are a familiar opponent for the Spireites, as they haven’t played anyone more times than Wrexham.

They have come up against each other 115 times, with Chesterfield winning 51, drawing 27, and losing 37 of those matches.

The two sides last met in October where a Brad Walker penalty in the first half gave the away side the advantage, before Jonathan Smith headed home a stoppage-time equaliser.

From the dugout

Assistant-manager Glynn Snodin: "We're hard to beat and we just want to be a bit more creative and have more cuteness in and around the box and we can kill teams off.

"We'll drip feed things into them about the shape and how we want them to play and then hopefully it'll all come together. The desire they've got is different class.” 

 

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- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

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- Providing reaction from the game on the official website


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