EFL Sky Bet League Two - Proact Stadium - Saturday 4th December 2017 – KO 3pm
Elliott Johnson (knee) and Dave Tarpey (knee) are both sidelined with their long-term injuries.
Curtis Weston remains out with the knee injury that has hampered him all season. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is also out with a knee injury picked up in training prior to the Grimsby game.
Last Time We Met:
The last time the two sides met was in April 2013, where Chesterfield beat Barnet 2-0 at Underhill, despite only having six substitutes named on the bench.
Midfielder Jay O’Shea gave the Spireites the lead just before the hour mark before Sam Togwell doubled the away sides advantage after 78 minutes.
With future manager Jack Lester on the bench, the win put Chesterfield into 9th place, with Barnet sat in 19th.
Jack Lester was appointed Chesterfield manager at the end of September 2017 following the departure of Gary Caldwell.
A club legend, spending six years at the Spireites between 2007 and 2013, Lester made just under 200 league appearances for the club, averaging around a goal every other game.
His managerial career started with Nottingham Forest, where he spent three years of his playing career, taking over their Under 18s side in 2014, before moving up to the Under 23s this year.
He’ll be hoping to use his knowledge of winning League Two, which he did in 2011 with the Spireites, and try to help the club out of the situation they find themselves in.
Kristian Dennis joined Chesterfield from non-league Stockport County in the summer of 2016, while the club were in League One.
Scoring in his first league start again Northampton Town in September 2016, the forward went on to make 42 appearances across all competition in his debut season, scoring nine goals.
This season he’s faired a lot better, the 27-year-old has featured in 24 games so far, scoring an impressive 13 goals, 11 of these coming in the league, putting him joint second in the race for the golden boot.
Having adapted to league football well during his two years at the Spireites so far, Dennis is certainly a player to look out for on Saturday, hoping to fire Chesterfield out of the relegation zone.
Despite not making any appearances for the Bees so far, experienced full-back Richard Brindley is working his way back from an injury. In the back end of the 2012/13 season, Brindley was plying his trade at Chesterfield, making 12 league appearances during his time at the Proact Stadium.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce has had two separate loan spells for Chesterfield, 12 years apart from one another. The first was in 2004, making 14 league appearances failing to find the net during this time. His most recent loan to the Spireites was in 2016, making nine league appearances in League One, scoring two goals.
Last Time Out:
In their last league fixture, Chesterfield drew 2-2 away at promotion-chasing Mansfield Town.
Joe Rowley opened the scoring for the away side, his effort curling beautifully over the Stags keeper Conrad Logan.
However, they were pegged back after just 12 minutes, full-back Hayden White’s rising shot was thumped into Joe Anyon’s net.
The Spireites took the lead again just before the hour mark, Andy Kellett leaping highest and heading home from Kristian Dennis’ superb cross.
But Mansfield weren’t done yet and with two minutes left to play, Captain Zander Diamond headed home an Alex MacDonald cross to steal a point from the game.
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