Chesterfield: This is just another game, says Gardner

Chesterfield vs Crewe - Dan Gardner - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Crewe - Dan Gardner - Pic By James Williamson
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Chesterfield could potentially cement their top six spot at Oldham Athletic at the weekend.

Paul Cook’s side’s best performance of the season, Tuesday’s 6-0 win over Colchester United, combined with Rochdale’s 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Swindon Town, means a Chesterfield win and a Dale defeat at Gillingham would mathematically seal sixth spot.

The bookies already think the Proact side are there, you’ll get no better odds than 1-13 for the clinching of a play-off spot, but Cook knows there’s still plenty of work to be done, but he did say; “We’ll be taking plenty to Boundary Park then!” It’s highly likely that all 2000 available tickets will be sold ahead of the trip.”

Drew Talbot is set to miss the match, he picked up a hamstring injury in the first half of the midweek game but he’ll be hoping to be available should Spireites make it through to the Wembley showpiece final.

The results from Tuesday were perfect for Chesterfield as was the return to the starting line-up of Dan Gardner.

The former Celtic player’s career at Spireites since he joined from Halifax Town has been stop-start because of injuries, meaning that his undoubted talents have rarely been seen in a long run in the team.

He notched up some valuable minutes on loan at Tranmere Rovers and was given his first start since returning, rewarding his manager with two assists and a goal, though Gardner said: “It was great to score, but to be honest I thought the keeper was going to save it.”

On tomorrow’s game at Boundary Park, he added: “We’ll just go and play the game as we play every game, to win, to play the football that we play.

“The manager drills into us to pass the ball and play with freedom, so we’ll go there to win, like in any game.”

Sam Clucas weighed in with a brace, taking his tally to 12, as he continues to develop in the lone striker’s role vacated when Eoin Doyle moved to Cardiff City.

Oldham, who’ve slipped out of the race for an extended season in recent games, are managed by Dean Holden, a player who reached hero status at the Proact for his whole hearted showings in Spireites’ 2010-11 Championship season.