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PREVIEW - Chesterfield vs Port Vale

18 August 2017

Fixture – Chesterfield vs Port Vale

Date – 19th August 2017

Venue – The Proact Stadium

 

Preview

Port Vale will travel to Chesterfield on Saturday in hope of continuing their 100%-win record away from home in the league.

Michael Brown’s side will be looking to bounce back after the 3-2 loss to Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.

Two games in, and Chesterfield sit bottom of League Two without a point. They suffered defeats to Grimsby and Notts County in their opening match-ups with manager, Gary Caldwell, hoping to turn around things fast.

A win for either side will see a huge leap up the table with promotion-chasing Vale, hoping to climb into a play-off or automatic promotion position.

 

The Opposition

Our opponents for Saturday haven’t enjoyed a great start to life in League Two where they have lost all three of their games in all competitions.

A 3-1 and 2-1 loss to Grimsby and Notts County respectively, saw the Spireites fall into the relegation zone, only to be topped off by a 4-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.

Similar to the Valiants, Chesterfield will be hoping to return to League One the first time of asking after they finished rock bottom last season.

The encounter will be the first time the two sides have met in a league since last season where Chesterfield ran out as 1-0 winners on the 8th April 2017.

 

Talk

Michael Brown: “It will be a tough game. Gary is getting a good squad together and already has some good players.”

“I know the results haven’t gone that well for them at the moment, but I think that they will certainly be a team to be reckoned with at the end of the season.”

 

Tommy Lee (Chesterfield Goalkeeper): “I wouldn’t call it a rot, I’ve been in plenty at this football club, but losing our opening two games isn’t one. We do need to change it though and the lads are chomping at the bit, we had a really good training session on Tuesday and now we want to get out there on Saturday.

 

Team News

Vale will have a new option available for selection, in the form on new signing Jack Stobbs who will be looking to make his debut. However, the Valiants will be without Danny Pugh, Anton Forrester, Rob Lainton and Tyrone Barnett. Cristian Montano is doubtful.

Chesterfield will be without Jerome Binnom-Williams and Joe Rowley. New signing Chris O’Grady will be one to look out for.

 

Coverage

Follow The Vale will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, while the Port Vale Twitter and Facebook feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.

There will also be build-up to the game with the official Snapchat account: officialpvfc.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.

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Match Reports

REPORT - Chesterfield 2-0 Vale

19 August 2017

The Valiants fell to defeat at the Proact Stadium on Saturday as goals from Kristian Dennis and Jordan Sinnott handed Chesterfield all three points. 

Vale did create several opportunities themselves and controlled possession for parts of the game, but the afternoon ended in frustration for Michael Brown and his men.

During the opening exchanges both sides kept possession well, but Vale looked the most dangerous going forward. 

Tyler Denton almost picked out Tom Pope with a curling cross on six minutes, but Chesterfield defender Sam Hird managed to head clear. Up the other end just moments later, Kristian Dennis flashed an effort wide for the hosts after finding room inside the box.

With 17 minutes on the clock, Ben Whitfield almost profited from a loose ball as he saw a powerful strike blocked from a tight angle. Vale’s clearest opportunity then came via a set piece three minutes later as Nathan Smith headed a Tonge corner just over the bar.

As the Valiants continued to attack, Dan Turner poked a low Marcus Harness cross narrowly wide before the offside flag was raised by the assistant referee. Harness was causing problems for the Spireites’ defence and a superb diagonal ball from him found Turner out wide on 28 minutes. The young striker then pulled a pass back to Whitfield, but he couldn’t direct the ball towards goal from 12 yards.

The home side did enjoy a spell of possession themselves soon after and Chris O’Grady called Sam Hornby into a low save with 35 minutes played. Against the run of play, Chesterfield then opened the scoring as Dennis latched onto a Jordan Sinnott through ball to slide a finish beyond Hornby and into the far corner in the 38th minute. Sinnott then struck the bar five minutes later, but he was on hand to convert the rebound and send his team into half-time with a two-goal lead.

Following the restart Vale searched for a route back into the game and Tonge went close to finding the net with a free-kick on 50 minutes as he curled a strike inches wide of the far post. Chesterfield almost carved out a chance of their own seven minutes later, but some excellent defending from Nathan Smith denied O’Grady from close range.

Michael Brown’s men did almost reduce the deficit with 71 minutes on the clock following some neat build-up. Pope and Tonge combined well down the right before the latter delivered an enticing cross, but substitute Rekeil Pyke could only send a stooping header wide of the target under pressure from a defender.

Another determined attack opened up a chance for Vale soon afterwards as Denton found de Freitas inside the Chesterfield box. The midfielder then sent a low drive towards goal but it flashed wide of the target with Lee at full stretch. Harness then took aim himself on 82 minutes, but similarly to the last attempt, it flew the wrong side of the post.

With just two minutes remaining of normal time, the Valiants came just a yard away from pulling a goal back as a downwards header from Pope was thwarted on the line by Lee in the home goal. Anthony de Freitas then worked his way into a promising position just seconds later but his shot was blocked, meaning the match ended 2-0.

Team Line-ups

Chesterfield: Lee, Evatt ©, O’Grady (Ugwu 90), Sinnott (McCourt 85), Barry, Wiseman, Weir, Flores (Maguire 90), Reed, Hird, Dennis.

Unused Substitutes: Anyon, Wakefield, Brewster, Mitchell.

Port Vale: Hornby, Wilson, Smith, Kay ©, Denton, Harness, Reeves (Stobbs 79), Tonge, Whitfield (de Freitas 62), Turner (Pyke 62), Pope.

Unused Substitutes: Boot, Davis, Gibbons, Gunning.

 

Attendance: 5,058 (833 away)

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Ticket News

Chesterfield Ticket Details

7 August 2017

Following a successful trip on the road in League Two during the first game of the season against Crawley, Vale are on the road again.

Chesterfield v Port Vale
Saturday 19th August
3pm kick off

Next up for Vale is Gary Caldwell’s Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium and tickets are now available.

Tickets will be on sale until Friday the 18th of August at 2pm, the day before the fixture.

From then, tickets will be available on the day of the game at Chesterfield from the away sales point by the away stand and you will only be able to purchase tickets with cash only.

 

Prices for the game will be as follows:

Adults - £20

65+ - £13

17-21 - £10

Students (with ID) - £10

Armend Forces (with ID) - £10

16 and under - £8

 

For more information on ticket details, please contact the ticket office on 01782 655821.

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