‘It’s still a tough place to go’

Assistant manager Danny Webb spoke of the qualities that FC Halifax Town possess ahead of the Spireites’ visit to The Shay on Saturday.

Speaking to the media, he said: “It’s always going to be difficult against Halifax; they’ve got a manager who was the assistant there for years. I’m sure players will run through brick walls for him.

“They had a really indifferent start, picked up some decent results and are now in an okay position now. I’m sure Chris [Millington] and his staff would like to be in a higher position.

“They are always built on hard work, Halifax teams. It’s a club where I think we’ve won probably more than we’ve lost, since I’ve been here. It’s still a tough place to go.

“They lost a lot of players [in the summer] but have recruited well. We’ll have to be ready for anything they throw at us.”

Ash Palmer made his debut early on in the FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon, winning the fans’ Man of the Match for his solid performance.

The defender has settled in well, according to Webb, as well as taking part in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burton Albion.

He said: “He’s settled in really well. We had a behind-closed-doors game at Burton Albion on Tuesday. The boys did really well with ‘Palms’ being one of them.

“He’s basically had nearly two games since he’s arrived, so we’re getting his fitness up to scratch. Not just Palms but other players as well.”

Chesterfield were given a home tie against Championship side West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the FA Cup.

Webb gave his thought on the draw, saying: “I was a big advocate for a massive team away for loads of different reasons. But if you don’t get that, then I think we’ve got the next best one on paper.

“I think it’s a winnable game from our point of view. I’m pretty sure it will be a sell-out crowd here. Hopefully, the TV cameras choose to come and watch a National League club versus a big Championship team.

“It has all the makings for a really good Cup tie. Our concern is packing the stadium out and hopefully giving them a night to remember.”