'Refreshing' for Chesterfied to be 'underdogs' against Northampton Town in FA Cup

It will be ‘refreshing’ for Chesterfield to be the ‘underdogs’ against Northampton Town in the FA Cup, says coach Danny Webb.
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The League Two Cobblers, who are third, visit Derbyshire in the first round this Saturday.

The Spireites are favourites in most of their National League games but the tables will be turned this weekend. However, it does not mean that the pressure is totally off.

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Webb explained: “It is nice (being the underdog) but it does not mean there is no pressure because of the size of the club, the expectation of the fanbase and the pressure the manager puts on those players to produce week in week out means it is not a free hit at all.

Chesterfield are in FA Cup action this weekend against Northampton Town.Chesterfield are in FA Cup action this weekend against Northampton Town.
Chesterfield are in FA Cup action this weekend against Northampton Town.

“We are not facing a team down the bottom of League Two with ownership problems and a manager under pressure, this is a really different type of test where we are the underdogs so that is going to be quite refreshing I think. Obviously we are going to turn up expecting and wanting to win but the pressure probably just favours Northampton’s side at the moment.

“What it does mean is that we might be able to enjoy the start of the game a bit more. In a league game the pressure is on straight away to get that early goal. I think maybe we can frustrate them for a while knowing that the pressure is on them to come out and they might leave gaps for us.

“We are certainly not going to change our approach to the game tactically or mentally and I am sure Northampton won't either.

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“We want to be in that league next year as against the likes of Northampton week in, week out."

Chesterfield’s priority this season is obviously winning promotion but they would like to keep up the club’s tradition in this historic competition.

Webb added: “We saw last year what the FA Cup did for the town with the Chelsea game, and with the Middlesbrough game in 1997, so Chesterfield in the FA Cup has got a bit of a history and obviously we are hoping to continue that and hopefully get to those big rounds.”