The Spireites begin their FA Cup journey on Saturday when they host Wrexham in a fourth-round qualifying tie, kick-off 1pm. Here is our match preview for the game….
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John Sheridan confirmed at the pre-match press conference that David Buchanan and Laurence Maguire won’t be available for selection, although Anthony Spyrou is back from injury after picking up a knock at Fylde.
Manager: Dean Keates
Keates returned to Wrexham earlier this month for his second spell as manager following the departure of Bryan Hughes.
His previous stint lasted nearly 17 months before he left when they were on course for the play-offs to take charge of Walsall in March 2018.
Keates, who left Walsall in April 2019, signed a contract that will keep him at the north Wales club until the summer of 2021.
As a midfielder, Keates made over 160 appearances for Wrexham and captained the side when they won the FA Trophy in 2013.
One to Watch: Luke Summerfield
The midfielder began his career at Plymouth Argyle where he came up through the youth ranks and ended up making nearly 80 appearances for the club.
During his six-year spell with The Pilgrims, he was loaned out twice, first to Bournemouth in 2007 and then to Leyton Orient in 2009.
In 2011 he left Plymouth permanently, signing a one-year contract at Cheltenham Town. The midfielder didn’t sign a new contract at Cheltenham at the end of the season and was signed by Shrewsbury Town.
He spent two years at The Shrews but was released at the end of his contract which led to him signing for League Two club York City.
Summerfield represented The Minstermen on over 60 occasions but then moved to Grimsby Town for a two-year stint.
The midfielder had his first taste of National League football when he was sent out on loan to Macclesfield Town during his time at Grimsby.
Summerfield signed for Wrexham in July 2018 and went onto score two goals in his first season at the North Wales club.
The 31-year-old was a constant threat on Tuesday night so the Spireites will have to keep close tabs on the midfielder if they are to progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
Head to Head:
The two teams have met on a total of 116 occasions. Chesterfield have the upper hand in terms of victories as they have 52 wins compared to Wrexham’s 38.
Their most recent meeting was on Tuesday night when an own goal by Michael Chambers handed the Spireites a 1-0 win at the Racecourse.
Wrexham and the Spireites have history in the FA Cup with the pair facing off in the 1997 quarter-final which ended in a Chesterfield victory thanks to a Chris Beaumont strike.
From the dugout:
John Sheridan: “We know the importance and Wrexham is probably one of the toughest games we could have got. I expect a really tough game but were are at home and I’d like us to build on the last two games. They are in a false position and you could see the other night that they have quality in places. I don’t expect them to be down at the bottom of the table for long.”
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