SPIREITES: Chesterfield hungry for derby day win over Sheffield United

Leam Richardson
Leam Richardson

Just the mention of Sheffield United was enough to widen the eyes of Chesterfield’s assistant manager Leam Richardson.

The Spireites can look forward to a play-off campaign regardless of the result on Sunday but that will have little sway on their approach at Bramall Lane.

A seven-game unbeaten run, ended by the League One champions Bristol City last weekend, propelled Chesterfield in to sixth and just two points behind the Blades.

If things stay the way they are, the Spireites will face MK Dons over two legs in the play-offs. But a win will mean a jump to fifth where Swindon Town await.

It may not have been the type of sums Chesterfield fans were making when the fixtures were announced but the goal remains the same, insists Richardson.

He said: “We’re playing Sheffield United away. What does that tell you? The fans want to go there and see us win.

“We’ve looked forward to it all season. I think many people thought it would have some kind of relevance to what happens but perhaps more about us staying up and them going up.

“It’ll be a very good game, they’re a great team, with great management and we’ll take a lot of fans and we aim to finish the normal season very well.

“I don’t think we’ll be going there not to win.”

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