Chesterfield: Roberts warns team-mates job is half done

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‘Job is only half done,’ warned Gary Roberts as Chesterfield look to book their place at Wembley tonight against Fleetwood Town.

The Spireites hold a commanding position after a healthy two-goal advantage with a 3-1 success in the first leg of their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final.

But the influential Roberts is refusing to take anything for granted and knows that the tie could easily turn on its head in the second leg at the Proact Stadium.

He said: “It’s good to have a two-goal lead to take into the second leg but it’s not over at all. Fleetwood are a good side and have had a lot of wins on the road this season so they will still be confident they can turn it around.

“I don’t think it was a great performance from us at Fleetwood and it probably wasn’t a great game to watch, but any time you come away from there with a win you have to be happy.

“The conditions weren’t the best with the wind but I felt as though we adapted pretty well. There was no high-fiving or celebrating on the night because we know the job is only half-done and that’s the mentality we will take into the second leg.”

Chesterfield are eyeing their second JPT success in three seasons.

“People say the cups can be a distraction but I don’t agree with that,” added Roberts.

“You can’t beat playing games and getting to Wembley would be an unbelievable achievement for everyone if we could do it, so we are buzzing for the second leg.”