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Chesterfield, Dagenham & Exeter preview

31 May 2013

With the 2013/14 League 2 fixtures due to be released on Wednesday 19th June, takes a look at who the Wanderers will be up against next season.

Manager: Paul Cook 
Ground:  Proact Stadium (10,600) 
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 5/10 
Postcode: S41 8LF 
Distance from Adams Park: 145 miles  Last season: 8th

Chesterfield finished last season just two points and once place adrift of the play-offs. The Spireites started the campaign slowly and it took them six games to register their first league victory.

The poor start cost John Sheridan his job and he was eventually succeeded by Paul Cook after Tommy Wright and Mark Crossley enjoyed a brief caretaker spell in charge.

Twelve goals from Marc Richards, nine from Jack Lester and seven from Jay O’Shea kept Chesterfield in the play-off mix, but even a 4-0 final-day drubbing of Exeter couldn’t see them over the line.

How the Wanderers fared: Ten-man Chairboys slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the Proact Stadium in September. Leon Johnson saw red early on for a professional foul and Chesterfield took advantage with goals from Chris Atkinson, Lester and Sam Hird. Blues’ effort came courtesy of a Neal Trotman own goal.

Wanderers got revenge in early January as they recovered from going a goal down to record a 2-1 victory. Kortney Hause cancelled out O’Shea’s opener with his first professional goal, before Jo Kuffour hooked home his first for the club to secure the points.

Dagenham & Redbridge 
Manager: Wayne Burnett 
Ground:  Victoria Road (6,078) 
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 6/10 
Postcode: RM10 7XL 
Distance from Adams Park: 66 miles  Last season: 22nd

The Daggers only survived the drop via goal difference after a disastrous run of just five wins from their final 24 games saw them drawn into trouble.

The departure of Dwight Gayle to Peterborough in November didn’t help matters and long-serving manager John Still left to join Luton in February. Wayne Burnett was handed the reins on a caretaker basis and was appointed permanent boss at the end of the season.

How the Wanderers fared: Blues were beaten 3-0 at Dagenham in Gareth Ainsworth’s first game in caretaker charge, but Sam Wood’s low strike earned the Chairboys a 1-0 victory in January after Wanderers supporters had helped get the fixture on by clearing snow from the ground. 

Exeter City 
Manager: Paul Tisdale 
Ground:  St James Park (11,840) 
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 7/10 
Postcode: EX4 6PX 
Distance from Adams Park: 179 miles  Last season: 10th

Exeter looked to have the final play-off place within their grasp after beating Northampton 3-0 in early March, but a run of just one win in 11 saw them slip down the table.

The Grecians finished the season on a run of six defeats from seven games, despite the 21 league goals of top scorer Jamie Cureton.

How the Wanderers fared: Exeter did the double over the Chairboys last season, winning 3-2 at St James Park and 1-0 at Adams Park.

Goals from Gareth Ainsworth and Dean Morgan twice gave Wycombe the lead in Exeter, but Arron Davies, Cureton and Danny Coles ensured it was the Grecians that took the points in September.

Cureton saw red in the return fixture on New Year’s Day, but John O’Flynn’s effort seven minutes from time saw Paul Tisdale’s side leave South Bucks with the points.

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