Spireites comment: ‘Best football I’ve seen for a few seasons,’ says Lesley Brentnall

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They say a month is a long time in football and that’s certainly the case for the Spireites, writes Lesley Brentnall.

A slight stutter in form saw us dip to fifth after the away defeat at Southend. Fast forward a few weeks and we are three points clear at the top!

We have definitely returned to our early season form playing some of the best football I have seen in a good few seasons. I think there are a number of factors that have seen our form continue to rise and it all seems to have come at the right time.

The loss of Roberts, Morsy and Ryan was the biggest influence in our struggle, injuries happen at any club but those three are probably the engine of the team and what makes us stand out from the normal average sides in this division.

So seeing them back in the squad and the welcome addition of Gardner has gave us the boost to become stronger at the crucial season run in.

There are still 15 games to go and a possible distraction with a trip to Wembley; however, after playing all the sides this season very few have stood out and I really believe we have the quality to exit this division.

Paul Cook has assembled a strong balanced team with energy and class throughout that can win games, keep clean sheets and score from anywhere on the pitch – I think the next few months are going to be exciting times as a Spireite!