Lincoln City travel to the new b2net Stadium to take on Chesterfield on Saturday.
This is the shortest away trip of the season for Imps’ supporters due to more local foes decamping to pastures new either through success or failure. City followers will be keen to check out Spireites' new home and even more keen to see the team come away with a point or three
City have added Adifane Noussoura to their squad but Shane Clarke and Chris Fagan have departed the club. Noussoura is a native of the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean and arrived by way of a football academy on Reunion Island run by City boss Chris Sutton's former Celtic teammate, Didier Agathe.
Sutton has run the rule over the player who has been training with the club. He said: "He has shown enough to warrant us having a longer look at him and I am hoping he can improve in the next few months. "If he does well, I will have no qualms about putting him the side."
Assistant manager Ian Pearce, speaking at the weekly press conference, bemoaned bad luck in the previous game against Rotherham and pledged to improve matters but pointed to the recent good form in the league with a victory at Gillingham and home draw against Crewe.
Commenting on the upcoming match Pearce conceded: “Chesterfield are a strong team, we’ve had a hard start to the season, some tough games and Chesterfield will be no exception.”
Pearce praised new signing Ben Hutchinson and stated that, although he has not yet scored, he is getting into good positions and goals will soon come.
Quizzed about the fitness of Paul Green, Pearce confirmed Green was substituted in the game at Don Valley as a precaution and was hopeful that the player will be fit enough to be selected this weekend.
The Premier League’s 25-man squads have now been announced and Pearce was questioned as to Lincoln’s intentions as regards the loan market, with the names Chris Herd and Matthew Saunders cropping up once again. “That’s something we’re looking at and we’re fully aware of who’s not in squads," he said.
"It does make it easier, they’re not going to be happy sitting around doing reserve team football all the time, they want to go out and play competitive football. We know what players we want and we know what they can do.”
Chesterfield boss John Sheridan says he anticipates ‘another tough game’ against Sutton's men tomorrow. He told www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk: “ If you’re not at the races you’ll come unstuck.”
Sheridan reports no injury problems and pledges to take the game to City. Spireites are five games unbeaten and will present yet another difficult proposition for the Imps to negotiate.
"They’re big, strong, organised, get people behind the ball, they’ve got one or two experienced players in the side," Sheridan added. "They beat a side I believe will be up there at the end of the season, Gillingham."
Chris Sutton will doubtless hope to conjure up more away day joy for Imps followers.
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