Chesterfield v Wrexham
Location: Proact Stadium
Competition: Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
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Just days after facing off in the National League at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham take on Chesterfield in the FA Cup in a tie with history in this competition.
Both sides come into the game on the back of Tuesday night's clash. A horror own goal from Michael Chambers was the difference between the sides in North Wales with the visitors taking maximum points. The Dragons had efforts hit the post and well saved by former red and current Chesterfield keper Shwan Jalal and a mistake at the back led to a 1-0 defeat.
Wrexham keeper Rob Lainton is looking for his first clean sheet since returning from injury after conceding in games against St Mirren and our FA Cup opponent. Lainton returned last weekend for the first time since May after picking up an injury over the summer and last season's player of the year will be relishing a run of games.
Chesterfield have a plethora of former Wrexham players including the likes of Mike Fondop, Scott Boden, Sam Wedgbury, Anthony Spyrou, Shwan Jalal, Jermaine McGlashan and Luke Coddington. Striker Fondop signed for Chesterfield in the summer from Wrexham and has seven goals so far this season, whilst Wedgbury returned from a year-long injury this season and has featured eight times.
Before Tuesday we faced each other in March with Akil Wright the match-winner in a 1-0 victory for the Dragons, our first win over Chesterfield since January 2005. Our last visit to Derbyshire was in October 2018 where Brad Walker's penalty was cancelled out by Jonathan Smith's stoppage-time equaliser. A historic fixture, we've met over a century of times over our histories. Back in 1997 we met in this competition as we both reached as far as the Quarter-Final. It was played at Saltergate with Chris Beaumont's 58th-minute goal the difference, sending the home side into the semi's, eventually falling to the competition's runners-up, Middlesborough.
Manny Smith remains sidelined through a long-term injury whilst Mark Carrington, who's missed the last two outings will be looked at whilst JJ Hooper is also out. Shaun Pearson missed out on Tuesday through illness and will be looked at before the weekend.
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