Chesterfield: We definitely want to beat Sheffield United insists Richardson

Chesterfield assistant boss Leam Richardson
Chesterfield assistant boss Leam Richardson
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Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson is in no doubt the approach his team will take at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

“We’re playing Sheffield United away,” he said. “What does that tell you? The fans want to go there and see us win.

“We’ve looked forward to it all season. I think many people thought it would have some kind of relevance to what happens but perhaps more about us staying up and them going up.

“It’ll be a very good game, they’re a great team, with great management and we’ll take a lot of fans and we aim to finish the normal season very well.

“I don’t think we’ll be going there not to win.”

The debate as to who the club would be best suited to play in the play-off semi-finals rages on. A few weeks ago MK Dons would have been most Spireites’ preferred opponents but they are on fire at the moment and could even overhaul Preston, a team no-one would want to face over two legs.

So winning at Bramall Lane to give a fifth placed finish and a tie with Swindon Town all of a sudden looks more attractive than it did a while ago.

The Robins are the only side that has twice out played Chesterfield, but of late they have lost several games and having been isolated in the middle of the play-off pack, have not played any seriously competitive fixtures of late.

That makes them arguably the opponent of choice, despite their dominance of Spireites this season.

Talk of a departure for Paul Cook has dried up with Martin Allen – who has won promotion back to the league with Barnet this season – has taken over the role of favourite for the Portsmouth post as the Spireites boss’ odds lengthen.

While the trail may have cooled, it is far from over with Cook’s success over the last two years plus Pompey’s interest highlighting his potential value to clubs.

The attraction of Fratton Park would be a playing budget of around £2.5m, significantly higher than what he has had to work with at the Proact.

Throw in 15,000 plus crowds and Pompey’s recent history and the attraction of the South Coast is significant, though undoubtedly Cook will not want to think about any potential move until the Chesterfield season is finally over, whatever the outcome.