“We are going to rise to the challenge”

“We are going to rise to the challenge”

Spireites midfielder Manny Oyeleke gave his thoughts on what they are expecting from Torquay United in Saturday’s televised National League clash.

Speaking to the media, he said: “We’re expecting a battle. They are always a tough team to play against. We were very unlucky to not get the win here earlier on in the season.

“They definitely had play-off ambitions so I’m sure they are going to be licking their wounds. They’ll probably do everything they can do so we feel the same as them.

“It’s going to be tough, but we are going to rise to the challenge, for sure. It’s that time of the year – high stakes football.

“Most games this time of the year are must-win. It’s still only three points so we’ve got to keep perspective, but we definitely know that there is more at stake.”

Chesterfield’s form has dipped recently with only one win in the last five. However, Oyeleke believes that form can sometimes be a false sign.

“I think form is always a good indicator to see how teams are going, but just like anything, form changes on how you perform on the day,” Oyeleke said.

“We could win tomorrow and our form changes. It’s not really as important as it’s made out to be. All that matters is tomorrow and how we approach it, how we prepare and how we play.”

Oyeleke has struggled with a recurring calf injury throughout the season and the 29-year-old spoke about his frustration when having to watch from the sidelines.

He said: “It’s been really frustrating and really difficult. Mainly because I’m worse when I’m watching – it’s really difficult when I can’t really do anything to help the lads and to help us achieve our goals.

“I know the abilities I can bring and help the team. I’m frustrated with myself when I’m not able to do that through injury.

“I try not to be frustrated as there are still a few games left; it’s not necessarily time to reflect on the season yet as we are still in it.”