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MATCH PREVIEW: CHESTERFIELD V WIGAN ATHLETIC

3 September 2015

Latics looking to register first away league points at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

  • Chesterfield won three of five opening league games.
  • Latics, who are visiting the Proact for the first time, are unbeaten in their last seven away league games v Chesterfield at previous ground, Saltergate.
  • Last meeting, over 12 years ago, ended in 3-1 victory for Latics at JJB Stadium.
Wigan Athletic head to the Proact Stadium for the first time in their history on Saturday as Gary Caldwell’s side look to register their first points away from home in Sky Bet League One this campaign.

Latics will face an in-form Chesterfield side who have won three of their opening five league games, picking up four points from their two home fixtures with Barnsley and Rochdale.

Dean Saunders, who has never faced Latics as a manager but helped Aston Villa defeat us in the 1994 League Cup, has been in charge since May after replacing former Latics Paul Cook at the helm.

A ‘pay on the day’ facility will be available at the Proact Stadium with tickets priced at £20 for adults, £13 for 17-18 years and Over 65s whilst 16 years and under are £9. For further details on tickets, which can be purchased from the DW Stadium Ticket Office or on the phone up until Friday 4th September at 4.00pm, click here.

CHESTERFIELD FC

After missing out on promotion to the Sky Bet Championship last season after a play-off semi-final defeat to Preston North End, Chesterfield are setting about earning a place in the second tier under Dean Saunders after Paul Cook left the Spireites to join Portsmouth.

Key players from last season’s successful campaign, Sam Clucas, Tendayi Darikwa and Gary Roberts have left the club in the summer, though Saunders has gone about replacing those notable departures with some shrewd buys of his own including striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and midfielders Angel Martinez and Liam O’Neill whilst Lee Novak has joined on loan from Birmingham City.

Pre-season wins over Burnley and Hartlepool United set the precedent for a good campaign for Chesterfield and that was only boosted by a 3-1 opening day victory over Barnsley as the Spireites came from behind to win thanks to goals from Jay O’Shea, Ebanks-Blake and Sam Morsy.

An extra-time cup defeat and 2-0 loss at Sheffield United slowed the pace of the start down but Saunders’ side were back to winning ways at Shrewsbury Town, securing a 2-1 win.

A 0-0 home draw with high-flying Rochdale and a 2-0 win at Millwall last time out have lifted Chesterfield up to seventh and a win on Saturday could move them into the early season play-off places.

Chesterfield will be without midfielders Martinez for a number of months following an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in training, whilst defender Drew Talbot remains a doubt.

FLASHBACK



Brendan O'Connell, Colin Greenall and David Lowe on target in a topsy-turvy 3-2 victory away at Chesterfield's former home the Recreation Ground in 1997.

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