“This is a really tough test for us”

First-team coach Gary Roberts was full of praise for Gateshead ahead of the Spireites’ Saturday home clash with Mike Williamson’s side.

Speaking to the media, he said: “This is a really tough test for us. I watched Gateshead last week at Wrexham, we saw them give Notts County a real tough time and they possibly should have won the game.

“They won quite comfortable at the weekend – they are a good team. They have real big threats which run through the lines.

“[Paul] Blackett up front who has got energy, pace and finishing. He’s a really, really big threat. We think we know what’s coming with them because they are a good team.

“They will cause some problems and Gateshead will open us up at times. On the flip side, we feel we can counteract that. We’ll have our hands full on Saturday and it should be a good game.”

Chesterfield currently boasts a perfect three wins from three at the Technique Stadium so far this season and Roberts is looking forward to another game on home soil.

Roberts said: “We’ve done alright at home this season. We look just to build on it again. It doesn’t matter home or away really.

“We’ve seen Aldershot come here and make it difficult, Barnet made it difficult at times and Gateshead will be no different. It’ll be a tough game but we’re happy to be at home.”

Striker Joe Quigley got off the mark for the season after just 34 seconds into the win against Oldham.

Roberts reiterated how important the forward is to the Spireites, saying: “Joe Quigley is a big asset for this club; I said this before the season started. His confidence was a little bit shot last year when he came in.

“Confidence is a huge thing in football. It’s the easiest thing to lose and the hardest thing to get and at the minute he is full of confidence. We hope that continues.”