Spireites look to secure play-off spot against Bristol City, as Rochdale beat Leyton Orient

Oldham vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By James Williamson
Oldham vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By James Williamson

There will be no shortage of motivation for Chesterfield on Saturday, as they look to seal a play-off spot against League One champions Bristol City at the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites are still five points clear of nearest challengers Rochdale - the only team able to catch them - who kept their faint hopes of a top six finish alive on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over lowly Leyton Orient.

But, in order to do that, Dale would have to win both their remaining games, against MK Dons and Barnsley, and Chesterfield lose both, starting with the visit of Bristol and finishing with a trip to rivals Sheffield United.

Such a scenario would go against the grain somewhat, with the Spireites on a seven-game unbeaten run which has seen them move from a mid-table position at the end of March and in to the play-off picture.

A goalless draw at Oldham Athletic continued that run and Chesterfield will be looking to maintain momentum with the prospect of a further three matches to play in following the end of the regular campaign.

Sam Hird missed the game with a thigh strain but is expected to be available for selection again against Bristol City, who sealed the league title after a stalemate with Coventry City on home soil.

Paul Cook, Spireites manager, said: “For us to be in and around those play-off areas with two games to go is fantastic for all the players but we’re not there yet. Rochdale can still catch us.”

And, with a showdown against the champions ahead, Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner has urged supporters to wear blue and make the final home game of the regular season an “unforgettable occasion”.

He said: “We want to generate a party atmosphere to celebrate what has been a fantastic season and it would be fantastic to witness a sea of blue in the stands when the teams run out.”

lChesterfield have been allocated 3,000 tickets for the trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, May 3 (kick-off 12.45pm). Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders on Monday, April 27.