Chesterfiueld: Gary’s got his eyes fixed on the ultimate prize

Gary Roberts celebrates his second goal of the game for the Spireites by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Oxford United
Gary Roberts celebrates his second goal of the game for the Spireites by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Oxford United
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Chesterfield’s Gary Roberts has set his sights on one thing over the coming weeks - the League Two title.

Roberts would be forgiven for settling for a top three place to secure automatic promotion with four games to go.

But the 30-year-old is having none of it as the Spireites prepare to take on Exeter City at the Proact Stadium today.

“We haven’t spoken about Fleetwood or Burton, we’re looking towards Scunthorpe and Rochdale,” said the influential winger.

“It hasn’t come in to our heads about getting promoted, it’s about trying to win the league and what we set out to do.”

Chesterfield closed the gap on league leaders Scunthorpe United to two points with a win at Hartlepool United.

Roberts was introduced from the substitutes bench at Hartlepool but is expected to go back in to the starting line up for the visit of Exeter.

Spireites were held the last time they were on home turf against Newport County and the standards set at the club are not lost on Roberts.

He said nothing less than three points against relegation-threatened Exeter will be expected from supporters at this stage of the season.

“We have got to expect to win the game,” he said. “They’ll expect us to win the game. At this point of the season you’ve got to win the game.

“If you win 1-0 or 4-0, however you play, it’s got to be a ‘W’ next to your name. That’s what we’ve worked on all week. It might not be pretty at times, but we’ll do our best.”

Standing in the way of three points is Paul Tisdale’s Exeter side who are hovering precariously above the drop zone.

The Grecians picked up a point at home to Cheltenham Town last week on the back of consecutive defeats.

They overcame Fleetwood Town and Plymouth Argyle in March but sit two points above second from bottom Northampton Town.

And, having already beaten Exeter once this season in the reverse league fixture, Chesterfield are well aware of their threat.

“Exeter are looking over their shoulders and the games are running out so you’d imagine they’d come here and try and win the game,” said Roberts.

“It probably suits us. When we went there earlier in the season they do try and play. I don’t think they’re a negative team. They’ll come and try and play.”

He added: “A win will push us a long way towards that and we want to look up rather than looking back.”