York City become the first-ever Boxing Day visitors to Chesterfield’s new Proact Stadium later this afternoon. Manager Gary Mills was expecting another stiff challenge for his side against opponents now under the leadership of ex-Accrington Stanley boss Paul Cook, who the Minstermen have already defeated once this season. But the Spireites will be aiming to bounce back from a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Southend United last time out – a result which followed four victories in five league games under their new supremo. York were similarly poor in their most recent away clash – a dismal 2-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle – until thrashing struggling Bristol Rovers 4-1 in their latest outing.
“They’ve been on a high, as teams tend to be when they change manager,” York boss Gary Mills told The Press. “They won four out of five games before having a bad result in their last match when they lost 3-0 at Southend and they will be looking to put that right. They were – and still are – one of the favourites to get out of the division because they are a big club at the level we play. I’m expecting a tough game and they will be in our faces. They won’t sit off and allow us to play.”
Chesterfield Team News:
Chesterfield are missing veteran top scorer Jack Lester, who serves the second of a three-match ban. Marc Richards should recover from a tight hamstring – a condition that has also recently affected ex-Fulham and West Ham United midfielder Luis Boa Morte – in time to continue.
Chesterfield (probable): Lee, Talbot, Hird, Cooper, Smith, Togwell, Randall, Darkiwa, Boa Morte, O`Shea, Richards
Player to watch: Luis Boa Morte
Former Portuguese international and Fulham and West Ham United midfielder who is now 35 years-old but still in possession of plenty of quality.
York City Team News:
The Minstermen are also without their leading scoring, Ashley Chambers (stomach), but were hopeful that midfielder Patrick McLaughlin (bruised lung) would recover in time to play.
York City (probable): Ingham, Parslow, C. Smith, Doig, Fyfield, Kerr, Potts, McLaughlin, Blair, Walker, Rodman
subs: Musselwhite, Allan, McGurk, Bullock, J. Smith, Reed, Blanchett
Player to watch: Scott Kerr
Crucial as the visitors aim to maintain their shape and discipline in what should prove a highly-charged bank-holiday game.
Match Facts & Stats
York have made 38 previous Football League visit to the old Saltergate ground and were successful on five occasions while drawing ten times. Their last win was in season 1991/2, when strikers Glenn Naylor (2) and Ian Blackstone both scored in a 3-1 victory.
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