Chesterfield manager James Rowe sets National League play-off target for his team
James Rowe has said a finish higher than 10th for Chesterfield this season would be a ‘bonus’.
The Spireites currently sit in the last play-off place in seventh after three straight wins.
But the Town boss says they never expected to be up there because they were fighting relegation when he took over in November.
A run of 12 wins from 19 league matches has propelled the Blues into the top seven for the first time this season.
“It has taken us by surprise that we have got an opportunity this year, we did not expect to be in this position, but we are and I think everyone is enjoying it,” he said.
“It is an excellent achievement but it is not where you are now it is where you are on May 29 when the season finishes.
“We are in a good place now and we need to keep maintaining this two points a game ratio and we won’t be far wrong.
“Anything above 10th would be a bonus this year considering where we were.”
The Spireites could go fifth with a win against Eastleigh on Friday but Rowe wants to keep his feet on the floor.
He added: “Let’s see where we are on May 29 (when the season ends).
“We are loving it and the messages we are receiving are outstanding. They really mean something to us and we are trying our best. If we don’t make it this year, it won’t be for the want of trying I can assure you.”