Spireites fired up for visit of Stags

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Chesterfield’s first team coach Kevin Lynch believes form will well and truly go out the window in the eagerly-anticipated showdown with Mansfield Town.

Saturday’s derby match against the Stags will be the first meeting between the two clubs - separated by just 12 miles along the A617 - in almost five years.

Chesterfield Football Club Press Day Kevin Lynch

Chesterfield Football Club Press Day Kevin Lynch

It also sees two of the division’s in-form sides go head-to-head in a rivalry which will have more than local pride at stake for both sets of supporters.

Lynch said the whole club is looking forward to the visit of Mansfield and called for calm heads from his troops in the heat of the battle.

He said: “It’s what football is all about and we’ll need to keep the lads focused. It will not be easy for either team but all we can do it concentrate on ourselves and our lads are good to go.

“These are the games professional footballers want to play in and crowds want to watch. We kick every ball and head every ball on the sidelines too.”

Chesterfield claimed the bragging rights the last time the bitter rivals met, after knocking Stags out of the FA Cup in November 2008.

While Spireites boss Paul Cook has been rewarded for his side’s unbeaten start to the League Two season with a new deal until the summer of 2016.