Spireites legend Jack Lester believes his former club have acquired the belief to win promotion.
Speaking exclusively to The Star, Lester has been delighted with the ambitious Spireites’ desire to secure a play-off spot and to give themselves a fighting chance of getting into the Championship.
And the 39-year-old would nothing more than for the club to win a second successive promotion in a row.
“Chesterfield look like they’ve got the belief they can do it,” said Lester. “In football, and in life, belief is half the battle. If you believe you can do something then you certainly give yourself a chance.
“It looks to me as though they are fighting for this with everything they’ve got.”
Last season’s League Two champions have gone from strength-to-strength under Paul Cook and, once again, are on the cusp of something very special this term.
And Lester knows the club are well-placed to firstly secure a play-off place, then challenge for what would be an incredible promotion.
“From coming up last year they’ve had an exciting season, for themselves and the supporters,” said Lester. “They’ve had some wonderful moments these last few years and I think when you’ve been in a dressing room who have had such great success, then I think you start to believe you can do it again.
“When you’re used to winning, which is what Chesterfield are at the minute.
“I watched Chesterfield the other night and I just thought they showed a lot more desire and togetherness.
“There’s a few games left and I’d seen that Tommy Lee had mentioned winning five of them, so if they can do that and keep the momentum going they’ll give themselves a great chance.
“Every team in that promotion-chasing group will think they can do it, they’ve have a game plan to do it.
“But one thing I’ve really noticed is that they believe in themselves, and I do think that might be key.”
And Lester, who bagged 83 goals in the 197 appearances for the Spireites, is willing his old team all the way in what he believes will be a thrilling finish to the current campaign.
“If Chesterfield can get into the play-offs it would be a fantastic achievement, especially because it’s only their first season back in League One after last season’s promotion,” added the Nottingham Forest Under-18s coach.
“I’ve heard the boys have had a lot of team meetings to what they can achieve this season and you can see that they’re standing up to this challenge and going to have a really good go at it.
“It will be a difficult challenge, but I hope they can do it. It would be brilliant for the club.”