Roberts quality catalyst for Spireites

Gary Roberts is congratulated by Daniel Jones on his goal at Crewe
Gary Roberts is congratulated by Daniel Jones on his goal at Crewe

Reigning League Two Player of the Year Gary Roberts is enjoying a great run of form in Spireites’ side at the moment.

The 30-year-old was declared fully fit at the start of November after a troublesome and recurring hamstring problem and in the four games played since, he’s been the stand-out performer in Chesterfield’s unbeaten month.

Roberts, who scored at Crawley on Saturday, said: “Since I’ve come back I think I’ve done well in every game I’ve played and I’ve got another goal, I’ve got two in four games now so personally I’m happy.”

“I had a couple chances in the first half but for my goal it just opened up, I hit it hard and low and it was nice to see it hit the back of the net.

“We spoke about how we didn’t shoot enough in the first half so as soon as I had my first chance I knew that if I caught it right that it’d go in. Luckily it did.”

Manager Paul Cook, who has not seen his side win this season when Roberts hasn’t started, said: “He’s got that quality.

“He’s a catalyst to how we play and we seem to get a lot more positive results when Gary’s in the team.”

Roberts is certain to be in the starting line up for the weekend FA Cup trip to MK Dons but skipper Ian Evatt could be a doubt after picking up a nasty cut under his right eye in the 1-1 draw at Crawley. Fit again Sam Hird could step in.

Left back Dan Jones will also be unavailable after being sent off for a melee with Crawley’s Izale McLeod, who was also dismissed, in stoppage time at Broadfield Stadium. Ritchie Humphreys or Sam Clucas could slot into that position.