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Preview: Chesterfield

20 February 2015


After three games on the road and a postponement sandwiched in between, Dale are back at Spotland this Saturday.

Chesterfield are the visitors for the League One clash. 

Dale were last in action at home on January 26th as they hosted Stoke City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Since then, Keith Hill’s side has had trips to Coventry City, Walsall and Peterborough United.

Saturday’s match against the Spireites kicks off a run of home games for Dale, with Spotland hosting four of Rochdale’s next five league fixtures.

Manager Keith Hill has confirmed that Calvin Andrew will miss the next five weeks after sustaining an injury in last weekend's match against Peterborough United. He has also revealed that Nyal Bell will make his first start for Dale this weekend.

Meanwhile, Chesterfield's Gary Roberts is fit for the match after recovering from a hamstring injury which has kept him side-lined for a month. Ian Evatt could also return after missing Tuesday night’s defeat at Scunthorpe United.


PRE-MATCH
You can watch Manager Keith Hill’s interview on Dale Player by clicking HERE. 


THE OPPOSITION
In charge – Paul Cook
League position – 9th on 42 points 
Top goal scorer – Sam Clucas, 8 goals 


LAST MEETING AT SPOTLAND
Rochdale 2-2 Chesterfield: Saturday 17th August 2013

Marc Richards opened the scoring, before Andrew Tutte levelled from the spot ten minutes later. Scott Hogan sent Dale in front six minutes after the interval, but Gary Roberts secured a point for the Spireites as he netted in the 65th minute. 

Dale XI on the day: Lillis, Rafferty, Lancashire, O’Connell, Rose, Vincenti, Lund, Tutte, Henderson, Donnelly, Hogan. Subs: Thomson, Bennett, Eastham, Done, Allen, Camps, Bunney. 

In recent years, draws have dominated this fixture. As the sides have cancelled each other out on five of the last eight meetings.

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: David Coote 
Assistant referees: Wayne Barratt and Glen Hart 
Fourth Official: Paul Hodskinson 

TICKET INFORMATION
The match is PAY ON THE DAY. Adult admission prices start at £15, which is the cheapest in League One. Prices can be found by clicking HERE. 

FIRST TIME VISITOR?
Click HERE to view our first time visitors’ guide. 

MATCH COVERAGE
Live commentary coverage of the game will be available on Dale Player, with the programme getting underway at around 2.55pm. Not got Dale Player? You can sign up HERE. 
We’ll be tweeting live from the game via @officiallydale 

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