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Preview: Chesterfield (H)

Notts host Spireites in first home game of 2017-18 season

12 August 2017

Notts County host Chesterfield in their first home game of the 2017-18 Sky Bet League Two season looking to get their first points on the board.

The opening day did not go to plan with a 3-0 defeat at Coventry City but there were better signs in midweek as the Magpies took last season's beaten League One play-off semi-finalists Scunthorpe United to a penalty shootout following a thrilling 3-3 draw at Glanford Park.

Now back on home soil competitively for the first time since the end of April, manager Kevin Nolan will be determined to see a return to 'fortress Meadow Lane' and continue his impressive record of losing only once at home since his arrival in January.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

KN Chesterfield presser

"There will be 11 lads who will have earned the shirt on Saturday but they have to keep it because they have others breathing down their neck for their position."

Click here for more from the manager.

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell says...

“Notts are a physical team and it’s going to be a difficult game.

“They gave a spirited performance in midweek and were unlucky not to win at Scunthorpe, which is a difficult place to go, so they'll be buoyed by that.

“With it being their first home game of the season they’ll have a big backing.”

Team news

Chesterfield's Ian Evatt returns from a one-game ban after being sent off on the opening day

Nolan said a few players were carrying bumps and bruises following the Scunthorpe game and that they would be monitored closely in the build-up to the weekend.

Chesterfield welcome central defender Ian Evatt back from suspension but the match comes too soon for Jordan Sinnott, who limped off during last week's defeat against Grimsby, while Jerome Binnom-Williams and Joe Rowley will also miss out.


Kristian Dennis scores from the penalty spot against Sheffield Wednesday

Kristian Dennis has started the campaign with two goals in as many games for the Spireites after top scoring for them last season.

The frontman bagged 10 in 42 games but could not prevent the Derbyshire side from being relegated from League One.

The striker had netted 23 goals in 39 matches for Macclesfield Town in the National League the previous season, returning to the club where he started his career.

Not able to break into the Silkmen's first team at a young age, Dennis enjoyed loan spells with Woodley Sports, Mossley and Curzon Ashton before moving to Stockport in 2013.

His form for the Moss Rose outfit led to him being given a chance in the EFL by then-Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson and it is an opportunity the attacker has taken with both hands.

We've met before...

Notts' last home win against Chesterfield came in February 2012 as Jonathan Forte scored the only goal of the game.

The most recent meeting between the sides in Nottingham ended 1-0 to the visitors as Caolan Lavery's fortuitous strike meant the three points went back to Derbyshire.

Don't I know you?

Dan Jones

Notts signed defender Dan Jones (above) from Chestefield during the summer while first-team coach Mark Crossley used to be assistant manager at the Proact Stadium.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 21/20 favourites to pick up their first win of 2017-18 with the visitors a long shot at 13/5 and the draw at 12/5.

The Magpies are 17/2 to win 2-0 or a goal-laden 4-2 victory is available at an enticing 66/1. Alternatively, Notts to win with both teams scoring in the match is 3-1.

Grant shoots at Scunthorpe

Jorge Grant got the ball rolling at Scunthorpe in midweek with the opening goal and is 9/1 to repeat the feat at Meadow Lane this weekend.

Carl Dickinson came close to finding the back of the net with a free-kick at Glanford Park and can be backed at odds of 20/1 to be the first name on the scoresheet or 7/1 to score at anytime.

You can bet on the game here.

Supporters who sign up to Sky Bet using this link can help the club financially.

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Match Reports

Notts 2-0 Chesterfield

Grant double thwarts 10-man Spireites

12 August 2017

Notts County began their 2017-18 home campaign with a 2-0 victory over Chesterfield.

Second-half substitute Jorge Grant claimed the glory with an inventive header and a superb free-kick, securing victory against a Chesterfield side who had seen Scott Wiseman dismissed on the brink of half-time.

Kevin Nolan made one change to the side that faced Coventry City on the opening day, Ryan Yates replacing Liam Walker in central midfield after impressing in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup trip to Scunthorpe United.

It was a quiet start to the match, the first shot of note coming from Chesterfield's Louis Reed after 22 minutes. He fired the ball wide from the edge of the area on the volley.

The game was sparked into life seven minutes later, however, following a contentious refereeing decision. Gozie Ugwu clashed with Elliott Hewitt off-the-ball and, despite fury among the home players and supporters, the referee only showed Ugwu yellow after consulting his assistant.

With the crowd fired up, the tempo of the match moved up a notch.

And Notts nearly took the lead when Ameobi was released through on goal only to be denied by a heroic Sam Hird block.

Ugwu, now playing the role of pantomime villain, almost became an unpopular scorer when he was threaded into the area. Adam Collin made an excellent save low down to keep the scores level.

The Magpies soon took a firm grip on proceedings, however, creating a number of openings before the end of the half.

Alessandra saw a low shot turned wide for a corner and Shaun Brisley forced a save from Joe Anyon following the subsequent delivery.

Moments later, Stead showed excellent patience to pick the perfect moment to release Hawkridge to his right but the winger's effort was blocked by a defender. Hawkridge hooked the ball back into the danger area after the resultant corner was half-cleared and Stead controlled it well, spinning on to his left and drawing another save from Anyon.

The keeper had to show safe hands once again as Notts continued their pressure with a Hewitt long throw. Anyon could only punch the initial ball before comfortably dealing with Tootle's header on the follow-up.

Still Notts pressed, determined to find the opening goal before the break, and their efforts were boosted when Wiseman was red-carded after felling Hawkridge as he raced on to a looping ball over the top. Wiseman was last man and the referee adjudged him to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity. Dan Jones could only curl the subsequent free-kick straight at Anyon.

The first-half drama wasn't finished there as, inside three minutes' added time, Ugwu was in hot water once more. He was given a stern talking to by the referee following an aerial clash with Richard Duffy but escaped without further punishment.

Ugwu was replaced at half-time by Laurence Maguire and the visitors nearly started the second period with a goal. Dion Donohue lashed a low shot goalwards but Duffy did brilliantly to get in the way.

Nolan's first substitution followed shortly afterwards, Grant replacing Alessandra, and the manager couldn't have wished for the loanee to make a better impact.

Within minutes of taking to the field, Grant was picked out by Matt Tootle at the back post and he arched a header over Anyon and into the net.

Notts had a golden opportunity to make it two moments later when Shola Ameobi robbed Ian Evatt of possession and released Stead through on goal. Just as he was winding up to shoot, Stead appeared to be barged in the back by the recovering defender but, after seeing his effort pushed wide by Anyon, Stead had to settle for a corner.

Grant went into the book for a foul on Hird and Delial Brewster fizzed an effort wide as the match remained poised on a knife-edge.

Nolan sent Jonathan Forte on for Stead, who required treatment in the aftermath of Grant's goal, with around 15 minutes to play.

And a combination of Forte and Ameobi nearly paved the way for Hawkridge to score Notts' second goal, the pair working it to the winger only for Anyon to save his well-struck effort well.

Walker was now on for Tootle, a move which saw Hewitt switch to right back, and space was beginning to open up for the Magpies. Grant nearly picked out Forte with a sumptuous ball over the top but it was just out of the forward's reach.

Five minutes were added on at the end of another dramatic encounter, during which Hird was booked for a cynical foul on Forte when he was set to shoot from the edge of the area.

But that wasn't to prevent the Magpies doubling their lead as Grant whipped the resultant free-kick into the bottom corner to put the icing on a fantastic first day back at the Lane.

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Tickets: Chesterfield (H)

12 August 2017

Tickets for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two match against Chesterfield on Saturday 12 August (3pm) are on general sale.

  Derek Pavis Stand Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £20 £20 £20
Senior (60+) £14 £14 £14
Young adult (18-21) £14 £14 £14
Under 18 (16-17) £7 £7 £7
Under 16 (12-15) £5 £5 £5
Under 12 (7-11) £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 and over will rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here. More information on buying tickets online can be found here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

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