Spireites set sights on Wembley glory

Chesterfield: Spireites news, reports and more.
Chesterfield: Spireites news, reports and more.

Chesterfield can now take their minds off their league predicament for a few days.

The 2-0 home loss against Huddersfield Town has left Spireites six points off safety with eight games left but they can turn all thoughts now to a date at Wembley.

Sunday afternoon sees John Sheridan’s side take on League Two leaders Swindon Town in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Spireites have entered the competition every season since it started back in 1983, one of only five ever presents, but it’s the first time they’ve made the showpiece final and it’s the same for Paolo Di Canio’s Robins.

Assistant Manager Tommy Wright knows exactly what it’s like to play at the home of football. He was a loser there for Leicester in the 1992 play-offs but won there with Bradford City three years later.

He said: “It’s an occasion and the occasion can sometimes take you over. I’ve won there and I’ve lost there and it’s much better when you win, I can assure you. It’s hard, you do everything in the right way in preparation but when the whistle starts it and the stadium’s full, it’s difficult and it’s how the players deal with it and whoever deals with it better on the day will probably win the match.”

He added: “I don’t think we’re playing terribly, we’ve got to remain positive. Swindon are doing well in their league but there is a difference between the leagues, we know as we were champions of that league last year.

“They’ve got one or two very good individual players, Matt Ritchie on the wing is a very good player and I know of Simon Ferry from his Celtic days. It’ll be a difficult game but we can definitely win.

“It’ll be great to win a cup final, it’s not like the play-offs where the whole season’s resting on it so I ask them (the fans) to go there and keep supporting us like they have done. We’d love to win the cup for them. We’re not too far away from winning games but we need to get that little bit extra, that next five per cent, and to get over that line to win games and if you win two or three on the bounce, and I know that sounds difficult at the moment because we’re not winning games.”