Ryan’s (and Spireites) express

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The torrential rain over the past few weeks has caused havoc for most groundsmen up and down the country, but - as far as Jimmy Ryan is concerned - the garden has never looked so rosy.

Chesterfield are leading the way at the top of League Two and are well-placed in the northern area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ahead of Tuesday’s second leg against Fleetwood Town on home soil.

Paul Cook’s side hold a two-goal advantage over the Cod Army after the first instalment but Ryan knows the Spireites will have their work cut out in the concluding chapter as both sides battle it out for a place at Wembley on March 30.

Ryan said: “You always want to have the lead going into the home leg but it’s 90 minutes of football and anything could happen.

“Fleetwood are a good side and they’ve got goals in the side, so we’ve got to be up for the game to get through.”

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