Chesterfield assistant manager Nicky Eaden says that tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy second round tie at Fleetwood Town (7.45pm), will be a test for the Spireites regardless of what team the Cod Army put out.
Manager Uwe Rosler made four changes to his side for the weekend’s Emirates FA Cup tie with Hereford and has hinted at the possibility of further changes for the Spireites’ visit, though Eaden is confident that Chesterfield can progress given their recent form.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Eaden said: “We’ve had another good day’s training and we’ve done match preparation for Fleetwood and hopefully we can go there and win the game.
“It’s going to be a tough one no matter what side they put out, so we’re going to have to be at our best but hopefully we can go there and get a result.
“They do try and play, they’re quite an attacking side so it’ll be a different test to what we’ve been used to in the last couple of weeks with a direct style of football.
"Fleetwood do get it down to try and play and they’ve got players who can cause you problems.”
The Spireites booked their place in the second round after defeating Manchester City U21s on 4-3 on penalties last Wednesday, after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes.
The result was enough to secure runners-up spot in Northern Group F and Eaden feels that the team recovered well to progress in what was a crazy match at the Proact and extend their unbeaten run to five games.
“I thought we were decent until the crazy 10-15 minutes at the end with the sending off and goals,” he said. “We felt pretty comfortable and to go from that to thinking that we might be going out and in the end, we were just glad to get through.
“Moving forward it’s important as well, I’ve heard a couple of the lads talk about that match and also the Carlisle United game saying that a month ago we’d have lost that and not come back.
“It just shows that the lads are now getting that belief that they can more than compete at this level and can win games.”
There’s been a lot of positives to choose from in Town’s recent run, so what has impressed Eaden the most during that time?
“The way we’ve played and the style,” he asserted. “We want to win games as it’s the be all and end all at this level, but you want to do it by playing decent football.
“We aren’t set up to knock it up long up front and feed off flick-ons, we’ve got good footballers here, so we need to use them.
“The lads have responded, and I think they enjoy playing the way that we play, but its high tempo and hard work.”
Manager Jack Lester has often emphasised that should players train well they would get an opportunity to play and that was evident in last Wednesday’s match, with the likes of Laurence Maguire and Chris O’Grady returning to the starting XI.
Lester could once again be tempted to shuffle his pack at Highbury and Eaden says that any player who comes in to the team has a chance to make that starting spot their own.
He added: “It’s a chance for them, we’ve not got reserve or U23s team, so there’s a chance for players to get caught between a little bit, they may be on the bench for us but they’re not match fit as they don’t get match time.
“So they need to grab any chance they get with both hands.”