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Match preview: Notts County

31 January 2020

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The Spireites will look to continue their recent unbeaten run against local rivals Notts County on Saturday, kick-off 5.20pm. Here is our big match preview…


Notts County have advised us that they have now put some tickets on sale online here.

As only a limited amount of tickets will be available to purchase on the day, fans are urged to buy in advance. It is also the cheapest way to purchase as prices will go up by £2 on the day.

Team News:

Chesterfield will be without Nathan Tyson who cannot play against his parent club. Fellow Notts County loanee Matt Tootle will also miss out through injury.

Laurence Maguire and Luke Coddington remain long-term absentees. Chesterfield’s caretaker manager John Pemberton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game.


Manager: Neal Ardley

As a player, Ardley made his name during the 11 years playing for Wimbledon. He made nearly 400 career appearances whilst also playing for the likes of Watford, Cardiff and Millwall.

He began his managerial career at Wimbledon in the 2012/13 season and saved them from relegation. Ardley led the Dons to promotion from League Two through the play-offs in 2016.

The 47-year-old eventually left Wimbledon in November 2018 and joined the Magpies just two weeks after.

Ardley oversaw Notts County’s exit from the Football League last season and has guided his side to a solid first half of the season in the National League. His side currently sit in seventh place.

One to watch: Kyle Wootton

Wootton came through the ranks at Scunthorpe United, making his debut at the age of 17. He made 77 appearances for Scunthorpe with several loan spells to teams such as Lincoln City, Stevenage and Halifax Town.

He arrived in Nottingham at the start of this season on loan and proved his worth with 12 goals before the New Year.

The impressive start to the season pushed County to make the move permanent during the recent January transfer window.

The number nine is a big, powerful player who will have to be closely watched by the Spireites.

Head to Head:

Chesterfield have come up against Notts County 68 times before, winning 21 times. County have 28 victories against the Spireites, with the two sides sharing the spoils on 19 occasions.

They have faced each other twice already this season, once in the FA Trophy and once in the league. Chesterfield will be looking for a league double over their local rivals after their 1-0 victory back in October.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton said: “The games have all got pressure because of where we are, there’s going to be twists and turns right up to the end of the season. We’re not really looking elsewhere, we’re focused on us. If we win, everyone else is under pressure.”


If you are not able to make it down to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by…

- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

- Posting regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account

- Uploading images during the afternoon on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

- Providing reaction from the game on the official website


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