“I think there is a good chance”

Danny Webb believes that the Spireites have a chance to cause an upset against Watford in the third round of the FA Cup, despite the 63 league places between the two clubs.

Speaking the media, he said: “I think you have to be realistic about it. In my three seasons we lost at Chelsea, we lost at West Brom and people will be backing us to go and lose again against a very strong Championship side.

“It’s nice for us to be an underdog for once. Going to Watford away, yes we are taking 4,000 supporters and the day is about them.

“I think there is a good chance. You’d like to think they would take their foot off the gas and rest a few players. Then again, they might not do either of those things.

“We’ve got to be ready to maybe run a bit harder, play a bit better, and make sure we are really focused because there is a tough task at hand.”

The assistant manager, who spent time as a coach in Watford’s academy, is well aware of the threat that Valérien Ismaël’s side can cause.

Webb stated: “They are a good, fast team. You play the lads in the Championship and the Premier League and everything just goes up a little bit.

“They are dynamic and don’t make many mistakes with the ball – as don’t most clubs in that league.

“When the whistle goes, we’ve got to make sure that the Championship and Premier League quality that Watford have got, doesn’t allow to come to the front too quickly.

“We need to start the game well; we need to be aggressive. We need to show that we mean business and whatever will be, will be.”

A sold-out away end of around 4,000 Spireites will make the journey to Vicarage Road as Chesterfield enter the third round for the third season in a row.

Webb thinks that the away support could be vital in helping give the players a lift, saying: “They are always good, aren’t they? Whether we take 500 to Wealdstone on a Tuesday night, 1,200 to Hartlepool or 4,000 to Watford, they are always great.

“They always out-sing the opposition. There might be 20,000 there tomorrow, which might make that hard but our supporters will give it a good try.

“I should imagine when the players come out for the warm-up tomorrow, there will be close 2,000 already behind that goal at Vicarage Road. That will give them a lift.”