Chesterfield: Spireites can cope with ‘favourites’ tag

Leam Richardson is looking forward to the new season. Picture: Tina Jenner
Leam Richardson is looking forward to the new season. Picture: Tina Jenner
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Leam Richardson insists Chesterfield will be paying no attention to the bookmakers who are backing them for promotion next season.

Goals from Armand Gnanduillet, Jimmy Ryan and Eoin Doyle saw the Spireites cruise to a 3-0 success over Buxton in their first pre-season friendly last weekend.

Many of the bookies feel Paul Cook’s side will be challenging in the upper echelons of League Two in the 2013/14 campaign but Richardson is urging the Spireites to focus on things they can control.

Richardson, Chesterfield’s assistant manager, said: “You believe in what you do and I believe in what we’re doing, from the manager down, so if you can get the right blend on the pitch you’re in with a chance.

“The bookies making people favourites before a ball’s been kicked is strange, but it’s all about what you do on the pitch.”

Richardson said he was encouraged by the performance of the team’s new-look midfield against Buxton.

“We’ve got quality going forward and when we do get down to our work with the team shape, hopefully we’ll become even more productive,” he said.

Fitness coach Shane Nicholson has been working the squad hard over the summer, according to Richardson.

“I’ve been very impressed with the application of the lads in training, day to day they’ve done really well,” he said. “They came back in good shape and they’ve gone from strength to strength so hopefully we can carry on having a good pre-season, and get stronger and stronger.

“With the good players we’ve signed and will continue to sign we could be in for a good season.”

Chesterfield host Huddersfield Town on Saturday, the first of four home friendlies ahead of the new season which gets underway on August 3 at Bury,