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Coley up for Spireites

5 January 2018

John Coleman won't under-estimate 21st place Chesterfield as the Reds look to move back up the League Two table.

Stanley dropped to tenth after their New Year's Day match at home to Morecambe was abandoned at half-time.

Coleman's side beat Grimsby in their last completed game and will be looking to build on this tomorrow against the Spireites, who were relegated from League One last season.

“It is a big surprise that Chesterfield are where they are,” said Coleman. “They are a team, like any in this league, who can beat anyone on any given day.

“They can't be taken lightly, they can be dangerous and I have seen some of their games where they have been really unfortunate to lose.”

Chesterfield appointed striker Jack Lester as their manager in September this year and he is looking to turn it around after they have won one of their last six league games.

“He knows a lot about the game, he is no stranger to this level and I am just glad he is not playing as he has a habit of scoring against us," said the Reds boss.

“He is used to dealing with players but, if he has got the 11 on the pitch who are at it at the same time, then any manager's influence is watered down.”

Coleman's first act is to get another 10 points to 50 points to ensure League Two football next season.

“You can throw a blanket over the top 12 teams at the moment and I think it will stay that way until the end of the season.

“You will probably need 82 points to get promoted automatically, 70 to get into the play-offs and 50 to stay up. It's fine lines between being successful and flirting with the disaster of relegation.”

Captain Seamus Conneely is still battling an injury while Erico Sousa should be back in training next week.


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