Chesterfield v Barnet

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Chesterfield will be aiming for a winning start to the season in the first competitive game at the B2NET Stadium when Barnet visit this Saturday the 7th August 2010.

I personally believe we should try a 3-4-3 formation, but John Sheridan looks to stick with his trusted 4-4-2 with a line-up of (left to right):


Morris Ford Breckin Hunt

Talbot Allot Mattis Whittaker

Lester Davis.

A capacity crowd is expected for the start of a new era and a fantastic game providing us momentum into Tuesday's game V Middlesborough (live on Sky Sports 3 from 7:30pm) in the Carling Cup - prediction is a 3-0 win for the Spireites.

The Spireites captain for the new season looks to be Ian Breckin, who will retain it from last season and new loanee Scott Griffiths looks set for a place on the bench.

The Spireites will also be upset to hear the Donal McDermott, a fan's favourite, will not be returning to Chesterfield as he is looking for a higher level of football so he will remain with Manchester City for now.

John Sheridan had this to say on the game, the signing of Griffiths and the lack of McDermott: “Scott Griffiths has joined us today on loan from Peterborough they paid 150 grand or something for him from Dagenham last season, so he's obviously got something about him.

"He's a left sided defender, he's small but can play at centre half but he's mainly a left back. He will give us that bit more balance and he's aggressive and gives me more options. I am still looking for one or two players but people have to understand I am working to a budget but I do feel we lack strength in depth .

"We have tried our hardest to bring in McDermott but he won't be coming so that's a non go unfortunately. I think we need a wide man and I have enquired about a couple of other options.

"Mark Stimson brought in a lot of players and he did well at Gillingham, and his teams work very hard so it will be a tough game. We have had them watched but they will come work hard and they will like the pitch but hopefully if we can take the game to them I'm confident we will get the win."

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Ian Breckin
League Two

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