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Match preview: Wrexham

7 February 2020

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The Spireites will look to get back to winning ways against Wrexham in Saturday's National League fixture, kick off 1pm. Here is our big match preview…


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Team News:

John Pemberton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns. Matt Tootle is back in light training but will not be ready for the weekend.

Mike Fondop is available again after his three-match suspension and Nathan Tyson also returns after missing out against his parent club.


Manager: Dean Keates

Keates came through his hometown club’s academy, making his debut for Walsall in 1996. His career stretched until 2016, making over 600 club appearances for clubs including Hull City, Lincoln City and even Wrexham.

He played over 160 games for Wrexham and captained the north Wales club when they won the FA Trophy in 2013.

The 41-year-old has managed at the Racecourse before in his first managerial job. He spent nearly 17 months there back in 2016 before leaving to take charge at Walsall.

After his departure from the West Midlands club in April 2019, Keates returned to Wales in early October and has recently guided Wrexham out of the relegation places.

One to watch: JJ Hooper

Beginning his career at Cray Wanderers, Hooper made his senior debut at 17. After a two-year scholarship at Premier League Newcastle United he joined Northampton Town in 2013.

Following loan spells at Alfreton Town and Farnborough, he was released by Northampton and signed for Havant & Waterlooville.

The 26-year-old striker took the opportunity to gain some experience in Scotland for sides such as Dunfermline and Inverness. He returned to England in 2015, going on to play for Port Vale and Grimsby, as well as a second spell at Northampton.

After being loaned out to Bromley last season, Hooper was released by Grimsby in the summer and joined Wrexham at the start of this season.

Hooper has scored seven goals so far this season and was on the scoresheet in the Spireites’ FA Cup exit earlier in the season.

Head to Head:

The two clubs have faced off against each other over 100 times with the Spireites holding the historical upper hand, winning 51 times.

They have faced each other three times already this season, once in the league and twice in the FA Cup.

Most recently, the Spireites saw defeat in their FA Cup replay, exiting the competition after a 1-0 loss at the Racecourse.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton said: “I’m hoping the fans are seeing a difference in the team. It wasn’t a great result last week, but I don’t think it was a 3-0 game. We’ve got to move on.

“The supporters have been fully behind us, we’ve had great messages and they’ve shown their support. We were disappointed after last week’s result but Saturday’s game can’t come quick enough."


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