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Match preview: Ebbsfleet United

21 February 2020

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The Spireites will be looking to complete back-to-back wins when they face Ebbsfleet United in their next National League fixture, on Saturday, kick off 3pm. Here is our big match preview…

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Team News:

Manager John Pemberton has assured there were no new injury concerns. Matt Tootle is working on the grass but is still a couple of weeks away.

Opposition

Manager: Kevin Watson

Watson began his playing career at Tottenham Hotspur before a long career with the likes of Colchester United, Reading and Swindon Town.

He took the step into coaching in 2009 with Luton Town as assistant manager. Watson has also been assistant at Eastleigh before spending 14 months as manager at Bishop Stortford.

The 46-year-old came in as caretaker manager back in October following Gary Hill’s departure. Watson got the permanent role in November. A good start at the helm took the Fleet off bottom place and his side are now 22nd, five points from safety.

One to watch: Gozie Ugwu

Former Spireite Gozie Ugwu began his career coming through the ranks at Reading. After loan opportunities at Yeovil, Plymouth and Shrewsbury, he moved to Scotland to play for Dunfermline Athletic.

He returned to England a season later, re-joining Yeovil. The forward also played for Wycombe and Woking before spending two years here at Chesterfield.

During his two years with the Spireites, Ugwu had loan spells at Boreham Wood and Ebbsfleet before leaving the Proact in the summer of 2019 to permanently join the Fleet.

With eight goals already this season, Ugwu will return to the Proact as a big threat to the Chesterfield side.

Head to Head:

Chesterfield are unbeaten on the three occasions the two sides have played each other. The teams have shared points on two occasions with Chesterfield winning once.

The most recent encounter earlier this season ended as a 2-2 draw with goals from Scott Boden and Haydn Hollis.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton: “The support has been good for us and the players. It’s important for us to know as staff that the players have that support and I know it’s made a huge difference to the players. It’s another step to bring everything together so we move in the right direction.”

 

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