“We are really focused on Notts County”

The Spireites travel to Meadow Lane on Saturday (4pm) to take on Notts County in a National League play-off eliminator and manager James Rowe is expecting an exciting affair.

He said: “They’ve changed their way of playing. They play shorter passes and shorter build-ups. There’s a little bit more rotation in there but nothing we can’t handle on the day.

“They are a technical team and I’m sure they will try and put their principles into the game. I expect an open game, a technical game and a fast and furious game considering the fans are in.

“We are really focused on Notts County, their strengths and how we think we can hurt them. Most of all, we’ve got to make sure we stick to our values and principles.

“We’ve worked on them now for six months since I’ve been here. We haven’t achieved anything yet; it is all about promotion and that’s all we are focused on here.”

Chesterfield have faced a lot of adversity in the way of injuries and isolation periods over the season and Rowe believes that his side has shown great character to bounce back.

“It’s all about moving forward. You have to deal with setbacks along the way. It’s looking bright for the future, but we don’t want to look too far ahead,” he stated.

“We’ve had that adversity where injuries hit us, we had the three COVID lockdowns and I’ve been really impressed with how we have bounced back from those scenarios.”

After Danny Rowe was taken off in the first half against FC Halifax Town last weekend, Rowe gave an update on the striker and had high praise for his replacement, Nathan Tyson.

“He’s fine,” Rowe said. “Credit to him, really, to put the shirt on and give it a go. Obviously, it didn’t work out as we had wished.

“However, Nathan came on and it’s credit to the staff for making sure that the training has been spot on. It’s also a credit to himself to perform like that at the age of 39.”