“It’s about promotion”

“It’s about promotion”

Ahead of the crucial away trip to FC Halifax Town on Saturday (12:30pm), James Rowe gave his thoughts on what his side will need to do to come away with a result.

He said: “We’re the away side. Obviously, there are no away fans in. We need to make sure we take our moments, and we’ll definitely have moments if you look at the reverse fixture here.

“Looking at the reverse fixture and considering their form recently, I think we will have a lot of the ball. I think we will have a lot of the territory. 

“It’s a case of making sure we stop the counter-attacks the best we can. We need to make sure that when we get in the areas like we did last Saturday, that we are positive ourselves.

“I was really pleased with our performance against Dagenham and hopefully that will give us the confidence going into this one tomorrow.”

Five teams are fighting it out for two play-off places on Saturday and Rowe talked about how the permutations could shape tomorrow’s game. 

“If they win, they still need to rely on other results and they have got a very slim chance of getting in the play-offs,” Rowe stated.

“We’re obviously in there and we’re the target. There are three teams that want to finish above us. It is in our hands.

Chesterfield will have to play three more matches for promotion to the EFL if they get into the National League play-offs and Rowe is only looking at a return to the Football League.

“I keep saying it, there’s no point in just making the play-offs; that is not an achievement,” he said. “For sure it’s a marker. We’ve gone from 23rd to sixth or seventh if we can finish in those places.

“That’s great but it’s about promotion. It’s not about the play-offs. Yes, we want to get in there, but we need to win four games to get promoted. That’s how I look at it.