The Spireites will be going for a hat-trick of league victories when they host local rivals Notts County on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 5:20pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….
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John Sheridan confirmed during the pre-match press conference that there are no fresh injury worries and stated that Curtis Weston and Shwan Jalal are back in contention after picking up knocks last Saturday.
Manager: Neal Ardley
Ardley began his playing career at AFC Wimbledon after coming through the youth ranks and went on to make nearly 250 appearances at the club after over a decade at The Dons.
During his time there the midfielder represented England at under 21 level, featuring for the Young Lions ten times.
His next port of call was Watford where he played in both an FA Cup semi-final in 2003 and a League Cup semi-final in 2005.
After making over one hundred appearances for The Hornets he was signed by Cardiff City, however, after only a year in South Wales, he was on the move again, this time to Millwall.
Ardley had one season with The Lions but unfortunately had to hang up his boots in 2007 after a series of injuries.
He went back to Cardiff to begin his coaching career where he undertook the role as manager of their academy.
He spent five years there before heading back to AFC Wimbledon as he claimed his first managerial role.
Ardley took the club to the FA Cup third round for the first time since reforming and led them to promotion from League Two after beating Plymouth Argyle 2-0 in the play-off final in 2016.
Following a run of ten defeats in 12 league games, Ardley’s six-year spell at the helm came to an end in November last year.
He was appointed the manager of Notts County just eleven days later, however, he wasn’t able to save the club from relegation last season.
Ardley is now into his first full season in charge and his side are currently in fifth position in the National League.
One to Watch: Kristian Dennis
The former Spireite came through the youth ranks at Macclesfield Town but after just a handful of first-team appearances for The Silkmen, he was loaned out to Ashton United and then to Woodley Sports.
He joined the latter on a permanent deal before having spells at Mossley, Curzon Ashton and Stockport County.
After impressing for Stockport in the 2014/15 National League North season, the striker went back to Macclesfield on loan.
He was named National League player of the month for November and netted 29 goals in total as the Silkmen finished in tenth place.
Dennis’ Stockport contract ended at the end of that season which left him free to join Chesterfield in 2016.
Ten goals in his first season with the Spireites saw him finish the season as top scorer and repeated that feat in the next campaign, scoring 21 times.
The 29-year-old signed for Notts County before the start of last season but went out on loan to Grimsby Town partway through the campaign.
After County’s relegation to the National League, the forward now finds himself back in contention and has notched seven goals so far this season.
Head to Head:
The teams have played one another on 68 occasions with the Spireites winning 21, drawing 19 and losing 28 of those game.
Last time out the Spireites claimed a 3-1 win at the Proact in March 2018, with Sid Nelson, Zavon Hines and Kristian Dennis netting for Chesterfield.
From the dugout:
John Sheridan: “They’re a club similar to ourselves, they should never be in this league. They’re a very good team and will be in and around promotion at the end of the season.”
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