Spireites: Momentum key for Chesterfield ahead of Bradford City test

Mark Randall (23) finds himself in the thick of the first half action against Barnet's John Oster.
Mark Randall (23) finds himself in the thick of the first half action against Barnet's John Oster.

Chesterfield’s recent run of form has put them within touching distance of the League Two play-offs ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated clash with Bradford City.

The Spireites have picked up seven points from the last available nine after wins over Barnet and Burton Albion either side of a home draw with Port Vale.

Results against the division’s top sides this season will give Paul Cook’s men encouragement ahead of another key battle at the Proact Stadium on Saturday with the Bantams.

Midfielder Mark Randall, who has started the last three for Chesterfield, said belief within the squad is strong.

He said: “We’re on a good run and need to keep going. We seem to play better against the top teams.

“Hopefully, we can get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.

“I think we all believe we can make the play-offs. If we didn’t believe then there’s no point going out on Saturday.”

The Spireites sit four points adrift of the top seven while Bradford regained their position in the play-offs with a 4-1 win over Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

Phil Parkinson’s side are undefeated in their last five, which includes four wins.

The two sides played out a goalless draw at Valley Parade in November, before the Bantams’ League Cup exploits led to a Wembley final against Premiership Swansea City.