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PREVIEW: Fans return as Chesterfield look to hold on to play-off spot

Updated: May 22, 2021

The Spireites host Dagenham & Redbridge at the Technique Stadium in front of fans for the first time this season.

Tickets for the match are sold out with 3,000 Chesterfield supporters set to be in attendance. Those who are unable to attend can still purchase a live stream for £10.

The Opposition

Daryl McMahon’s men are in fine form with seven wins out of their last eight games. Their only points dropped were away at Stockport County where they held the Hatters to a draw. Paul McCallum and Angelo Balanta have been among the goals with the latter having scored six in the last eight and McCallum with nine in eight.

The side from East London must win to try and make up some ground to the play offs. Currently they’re in 11th on 59 points, four points behind Chesterfield who occupy that last play-off place at present.

One-To-Watch- Paul McCallum

Chesterfield will need to try and keep the in-form striker quiet if they want to get anything out of the game. He’s the Daggers top scorer this campaign with 16 goals so far.

The forward broke through the youth team at Dulwich Hamlet and attracted the attention of many Premier League clubs, ultimately choosing to sign for West Ham United where he formed part of the development squad. He spent time out on loan at a host of clubs in the lower leagues, also having a stint in Scotland with Hearts. He put pen to paper in 2015 when he signed for Leyton Orient where he went on to make 39 appearances for the Os. The 27-year-old has plenty of National League experience under his belt having spent time with Eastleigh and Solihull Moors, including a loan spell at Barnet before joining Dagneham & Redbridge this Summer.

Previous Meetings

In the reverse fixture Chesterfield earned a hard-fought point at Victoria Road. James Rowe’s men started like a train but the 10th minute sending off of Tom Whelan made the task of getting all three points a big ask. Town did take the lead 7 minutes later through Will Evans then Scott Wilson levelled for the hosts before Akwasi Asante restored Chesterfield’s lead just before the break. Sam Deering came on for Daggers at the break and levelled proceedings in the 52nd minute with a wonder-strike. Final score: 2-2.

Team News

James Rowe revealed that there are (thankfully) no fresh injury concerns. The Town boss added that players including the likes of Gavin Gunning, Curtis Weston and Alex Whittle have to be assessed on a day-by-day basis and could possibly be included in the squad.

Rowe’s Thoughts

"The fans could really make the difference tomorrow; they can push you on to score that goal or run that extra yard. When I drove into the ground on Monday I saw the supporters queuing for tickets, it shows how far we've come as a club.”

When asked about Dagenham and Redbridge, Rowe said: “They will want to play football that will be expansive and that will help us as well. We are that type of team.”

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