Manager’s thoughts ahead of County match

Ahead of the Spireites’ return to action against Notts County at Meadow Lane on Saturday, James Rowe insists that his side must focus on themselves rather than their opponent.

He said: “Their structure is good. Obviously, we need to look at ourselves first and foremost and worry about what we can bring to the game.

“You always have to respect your opponent and Notts County are probably one of the best opponents I’ve faced in my tenure here.

“It comes off the back of a break. You could look at it as we are fresh, or you could say that they are on a roll. Who knows what tomorrow is going to bring?

“The game is win at all cost because every game is like that. I’m intrigued by the game tomorrow and I am sure the supporters are as well.”

Chesterfield have had three weeks without a game after a positive COVID-19 test meant a third spell in isolation since the end of December.

Rowe is happy with the work that the players have put in, saying: “We have done our usual Zoom sessions. The players have been sharp the last couple of days. We are all itching to get back and really looking forward to tomorrow’s game.

“We are okay. It’s going to be tough, but it is the way the world is at the moment and we have got to deal with that.

“In the last two breaks, we have come out with two wins. Hopefully tomorrow will be third time lucky.”

The Spireites have a few players out with injury at the moment, but Rowe revealed that one might be on his way back to full fitness.

“Joe [Rowley] still has his hamstring issue and Tom [Denton] obviously has his long-term injury. Nathan [Tyson] is really close,” he said.

“He has come back into the fold and it is positive for us because of his experience and his knowhow. We know what he can do on the pitch. It will give us an extra threat up at the top of the pitch.”