STAGS V SPIREITES COUNTDOWN: ‘We know what it means to fans,’ says Humphreys

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Ritchie Humphreys says the players fully understand the importance of Saturday’s derby with rivals Mansfield Town.

Chesterfield travel to Field Mill looking to get a result which will propel them back to the top of League Two.

But they know it will be no easy task against their Nottinghamshire neighbours who are also in need of three vital points.

The 36-year-old said: “Any game against Mansfield, we know what it means to the club and our supporters.

“We’re playing them at the stage of the season we’re at where every game’s important. The boys are well up for the game.”

The Spireites lost the reverse league fixture but levelled the scores 11 days later to progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“It was a game we totally dominated last time and ended up getting beaten,” said Humphreys on the 1-0 defeat to Stags at the Proact.

“We don’t want that to happen again. I don’t think we’re particularly interested in our performance or how we do, we just need three points.”

Chesterfield slipped to second in the table on Tuesday night when they went down 2-1 to play-off contenders Plymouth Argyle.

He added: “The two goals we’ve conceded were poor from our point of view and they’ve come from nowhere. We’ve totally dominated the game in terms of possession.

“We were unfortunate to go a goal behind. We could do better with the goal I feel. Once we equalised we have to be better and not concede like we did.”