Chesterfield: Gary wants to repay fans for his red card

Gary Roberts is itching to get back on the Proact Stadium pitch
Gary Roberts is itching to get back on the Proact Stadium pitch
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Gary Roberts is desperate to get back on the pitch and has vowed to repay supporters for his red card against Mansfield Town.

The 29-year-old quickly established himself as an integral cog in the Chesterfield machine with four goals and as many assists but has missed the last three games through suspension.

He was given his marching orders for stamping on James Jennings late on in the defeat to Stags on September 28, which brought an end to the Spireites unbeaten league start.

But the influential forward man is back in contention for tomorrow’s visit of Derbyshire neighbours Burton Albion to the Proact Stadium and is eager to make up for lost time.

He said: “I let people down - the boys, the manager, myself but most importantly the supporters. It would be nice to repay them with a goal if I get the chance on Saturday.

“It was two weeks but it feels like forever. I can’t wait to get out there and have the chance to play again.”

Roberts travelled with the squad to Morecambe, Mansfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Fleetwood Town and found watching from the sides hard going.

“It’s hard watching games,” he said. “You’re a fan as well so you want to see the boys win.

“To sit and watch the lads get beaten at Morecambe was especially hard. We were unbelievable first half and I couldn’t see that coming, I don’t think anyone could. Everyone was hurting.”

Chesterfield play host to York on Tuesday night in back-to-back home games and Roberts believes it’s an opportunity to claim quick fire points.

“We’ve got two home games and we’ve got to look to get maximum points. At the end of the month, you will see where people are going to be aiming, hopefully we will be on top of the pile,” he added.

“It’s nice to be back and hopefully I can carry on where I left off.”

Roberts used the break from action to resolve a niggling heel problem that had caused some discomfort in weeks leading up to the Stags game and says he’s fighting fit for Saturday.

Paul Cook has the luxury of picking from a fully fit squad as his troops take on a Burton side that have lost just once on the road this season.