Chesterfield are the talk of football

Chesterfield fans: lots to shout about
Chesterfield fans: lots to shout about

Chesterfield have plenty on their minds at present.

Whether it is speculation of Portsmouth being desperate to get hold of manager Paul Cook, talk about the weekend local derby at Bramall Lane or the play-offs, there’s plenty of subject matter for your average Spireites to get stuck in to.

Having cemented a top six spot last weekend, Chesterfield will be looking to experienced and successful season extension campaigners like Gary Roberts.

The winger reached three consecutive play-off with Huddersfield Town, winning one, and he followed that up with another campaign with Swindon Town without success.

Last season’s League Two Player of the Season Roberts said: “The play-offs are great if you win them. Everyone wants to be on that stage and if you can win at Wembley and go up, well it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had as a footballer.

“Without doubt the best way to go up is via the play-offs, a million percent, it’s the best day of your life. To be at Wembley in front of 60,000 screaming fans is amazing.

“Some players like myself and Ian Evatt have been there and won at Wembley; we’ve got a few young lads too and this will bring the best out of them.”

Roberts is not too concerned about who Spireites play in the semi-finals. He said: “Swindon have had their minds on the play-offs for weeks now, MK Dons will be a little bit disappointed if they’re there because they’ve had a fantastic season.

“We’re happy to be there, but we’re not there to make the numbers up, we want to go in there and win it. We’ve had decent results against MK Dons, less so against Swindon but we’ll be going to Sheffield United on Sunday full of confidence and looking to win that game to finish fifth.”

Manager Paul Cook will be without full-back Drew Talbot (hamstring) and back-up keeper Aaron Chapman (ankle) for the trip to United and he’ll be pondering over the next couple of days how best to approach the match for his squad, whether to go all out for victory or whether to make changes and protect some of his star players, no doubt Nigel Clough is having a similar thought pattern.