Chesterfield: Spireites still eye Play-offs

Chesterfield FC, League Two.
Chesterfield FC, League Two.
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Chesterfield coach Mark Crossley is convinced they can still sneak into the Play-offs as they prepare to entertain ex-manager John Sheridan’s relegation-threatened Plymouth Argyle tonight.

Sam Togwell’s last-minute equaliser against Bradford City last Saturday kept the Spireites’ slim top-seven hopes alive. The club are four points adrift of seventh-placed Bradford, who host Rotherham United tonight, with three matches left.

Crossley said: “There is definitely still a great chance and a great opportunity. We’re going to try and win the last three games, and believe that that will get us in the final play-off spot.

“Us, Bradford and Exeter (who we play here last game) are the ones that can make that final place. We can still do it. I believe we’ve got a good chance.”

On tonight’s encounter with Sheridan - his and assistant manager Tommy Wright’s former boss at both Chesterfield and Oldham - he added: “John’s a really good friend of ours and I really hope Plymouth stay in the league, but only after Tuesday night.

“We want to win the game; John will know that and he’ll want to come here and cause an upset. It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere. The fans were superb on Saturday and we’d love the same tonight.”

Marc Richards, after his subs’ appearance, looks set to start probably replacing Armand Gnanduillet.