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Third Placed AFC Wimbledon Visit The Proact

Chesterfield
vs.
AFC Wimbledon

The Proact Stadium

14/09/2013

3-00pm

The League leaders take on AFC Wimbledon who are 3rd in the table having won their last 3 games, beating Scunthorpe 3-2 and Fleetwood 2-0 both at home, last Saturday they won 2-0 at York. This is a remarkable start to the season considering they only avoided relegation thanks to a 2-1 home win against Fleetwood on the last day of the season. A lot of praise must go to Manager Neal Ardley in his first managerial job having taken over in October 2012 and with one of the lowest budgets in the League.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield: 'The players are very aware of how hard you have to work to get wins. We have to be prepared for how teams are setting up against us.

'I don't get carried away with football, I just want to win on Saturday.

Neal has done brilliantly there after a baptism of the last season. They've had a great start at and last week's win at York was very impressive.'

Chesterfield Team News:

New signing Gary McSheffrey who joined the Spireites on a four month deal will probably start on the bench, with Cook starting with an unchanged team. Nathan Smith is still unavailable with an ankle injury.

Player to watch: Tendayi Darikwa

Darikwa put in an impressive performance against Accrington Stanley last Saturday scoring the only goal of the game. The winger can operate on either wing and loves to run at defenders, and uses his pace to great effect.

AFC Wimbledon Team News:

Neal Ardley has no new injury worries, Andy Frampton is available despite requiring four stitches in last week's 2-0 win at York.

Player to watch: Michael Smith

Number 9 Michael Smith a purposeful 6ft 4in centre-forward who joined the Wombles in July until January from Charlton on-loan. He has scored 4 goals in 6 games including a brace at York last weekend.

Match Facts & Stats

Having only played twice their isn't much history to go on. Last season the Spireites won their home fixture against the Wombles thanks to second-half goals from Gnanduillet and Lester.

Ref Watch:

Eddie Ilderton from Tyne and Wear is in charge of this game. You have to go back to 3rd of October 2009 to find the last time the Spireites won a game with him in charge, a 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley at Saltergate, 6 yellow cards were given out. The last match he refereed the Spireites was last New Years Day a 1-0 defeat at Accrington, 4 yellows were given out. He took charge of 2 games during the relegation season a 1-1 draw at Bury and 3-1 defeat at home to Notts County, no cards were given in either game.

Match Prediction:

It's going to be a tough game for the Spireites against a very well organised Wimbledon side, so I am going for a 2-2 draw.

Next Fixtures:

Another difficult game when they travel to Oxford United who are currently 2nd in the League.


Writer:Deano The Spireite
Date:Saturday September 14 2013
Time: 9:39AM

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2 Bolton 39 22 9 8 75 28
3 Fleetwood 39 19 12 8 69 19
4 Scunthorpe 40 19 10 11 67 21
5 Bradford 40 16 18 6 66 15
6 Southend 39 17 12 10 63 13
7 Millwall 39 16 12 11 60 6
8 Oxford 40 17 8 15 59 9
9 Rochdale 39 16 9 14 57 4
10 Bristol Rovers 40 15 12 13 57 -1
11 Peterborough 40 15 10 15 55 1
12 Wimbledon 40 13 15 12 54 3
13 Walsall 39 13 14 12 53 -2
14 Northampton 40 14 8 18 50 -6
15 MK Dons 39 12 12 15 48 -1
16 Charlton 39 10 17 12 47 3
17 Bury 41 12 10 19 46 -11
18 Oldham 40 10 15 15 45 -12
19 Gillingham 40 11 12 17 45 -17
20 Shrewsbury 39 11 10 18 43 -14
21 Port Vale 38 10 12 16 42 -17
22 Swindon 40 10 9 21 39 -18
23 Chesterfield 40 8 9 23 33 -28
24 Coventry 40 7 11 22 32 -27
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