Manager: “We never underestimate anybody”

Manager: “We never underestimate anybody”

Ahead of the Spireites’ Buildbase FA Trophy third round clash with Brackley Town, nabager James Rowe expressed the importance of not underestimating the opponents.

He said: “They’ve got some good quality; they have got some players that are probably above their level. I know first-hand from playing against them, but also on the videos I’ve studied. It’s going to be a tough game, but I’m really excited to see it.

“We’ve done our work as usual. We never underestimate anybody and Brackley, coming off a Trophy win three years ago, suggest they are going to be a tough nut to crack.

“Our opponents won it three years ago. It underlines the challenge we have got ahead. We will not underestimate them. Hopefully, we can continue our run of form tomorrow.

“We have got to concentrate on ourselves as well. We have got to remember our strengths and take that into the game. I’m looking forward to it.”

Despite the league being the main priority for Rowe, he is still aiming to do well in the FA Trophy with a possible trip to Wembley on the line.

“It’s the FA Trophy and you have a chance to get to Wembley. It’s a great competition; it’s a competition that we want to the best we can,” Rowe said.

“We go into each game trying to win it and there will be a need to rotate over the Christmas period. It is no different to any league game and I’ll pick the team to win.”

Rowe hinted that a few players may get an opportunity to play in the cup game and also gave an update on David Buchanan, who has missed the last two games through injury.

“We have no absentees; we’ve got a fully fit squad,” he said. “There may be players that get an opportunity tomorrow.

“[Buchanan] is back in training and he is available for selection tomorrow. His [scan] results came back well. It’s what we expected, but we had to make sure. He has trained this week and trained well.”

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