Webb previews Scunthorpe match and reflects on 2022

Assistant manager Danny Webb gave his thoughts on facing bottom side Scunthorpe United for the second time in a week.

Speaking to the media, he said: “I think they will come here knowing that we are massive favourites and that we are going to have a big crowd here.

“We want to chase those top two spots. At the minute, we are in a good position in third. So, whether it’s Scunthorpe down the bottom or Notts County up the top, we approach the same.

“For us, it’s about looking back at the game at Scunthorpe and cutting out the things we did not so good. Look at things we can improve on.

“They are a team that have some good players and will be looking to stop their bad run soon. Hopefully we will get an early goal and have a really enjoyable afternoon.”

The Spireites are currently without many injuries, an inverse from last season, and are on the verge of welcoming back a long-term absentee.

Webb said: “Manny Oyeleke is back running now, which is great. [George] Cooper is still struggling with his hamstring injury. Hopefully that will be a soon rather than later job.

“It was always going to be January for Manny in terms of training. He’s on the verge of that and he’s doing a bit of running with Ben, the physio.

“So, hopefully it will be mid-January for full training. If we get Manny fully fit, he’s a good player. We’re hoping towards the end of January, we will have him fit for selection.”

Chesterfield welcome Scunthorpe United to the Technique Stadium for the first game of 2023.

The last 12 months provided some fantastic moments for the club and Webb reminisced on the year just gone, saying: “The year, I think it’s been good. Early January at Chelsea – the supporters have that memory to look back on even though we got thrashed. The boys did themselves proud.

“The play-off defeat at Solihull was disappointing because if you win you get to West Ham’s stadium and have got a chance of going up. That was a real kick in the gut.

“This season from the first pre-season game at Sheffield Wednesday, we’ve lost four games (including friendly and reserve games).

“It’s been a good season and a good year for the football club. It won’t be a really cracking year until we get promotion and that takes steps. It’s one step at a time.”