After being nominated for the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month Award, Chesterfield’s top goal scorer Kristian Dennis expressed his delight with the nomination, as he spoke to the media ahead Saturdays match against Barnet.
“It’s great,” Dennis said, “I think I woke up Tuesday morning, went on my phone, saw Twitter had a load of notifications so I had a look at that, so I was quite happy and it was a good way to wake up.”
After appearing as a substitute in Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy match at Fleetwood Town, Dennis is eager to get back in the starting XI, as the Spireites look to continue their push to move out of the relegation zone.
“We’ve been put through our paces alright,” Dennis said. “You could say it’s a nice break but we’re on a roll in the league. You could look at it both ways (the exit from the Checkatrade Trophy) it could be a blessing in disguise or you want to keep the momentum going, but we’ll be focused for Barnet on Saturday.”
With the Spireites unbeaten in five league games Dennis credited the upturn in form to having a much fitter squad: “From day one the coaching staff have wanted us to get fitter and stronger,” Dennis explained.
“It took a couple of weeks to get to that point, but he (manager Jack Lester) still says we’re not at that point yet.
Dennis continued: “Even though some of us are maybe there, I think there’s still room for improvement everywhere, so we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing for the last two months since he’s been here.
“I think it’s only a matter of time before we get out there and start pushing up the league and put more runs together of wins, so hopefully that’ll take us to the top half of the table.”
With teammates Jak McCourt and Chris O’Grady getting on the scoresheet recently, Dennis was pleased to see his team mates getting involved.
He said: “It’s always nice to have other people scoring, I’d rather us win every week and get the odd goal here and there. But it’s always nice to see other people on the score sheet so long may it continue.”
Asked on competition within the squad, Dennis praised the competition O’Grady was giving him in training.
Dennis said: “He’s a different player to me he’s big, strong can hold a man off. I can (too) but obviously he’s got a bigger frame than me. In training every day, we’re pushing each other, Diego (De Girolamo) as well but there’s a lot of us pushing for the starting spot.”
Like the Spireites the Mark McGhee’s side are also in good form, despite the Bees sitting just one place above Town in the League Two table.
And while being respectful of the weekend’s opponents, Dennis believes that the Spireites will head into the clash at the Proact buoyed by recent performances.
He added: “We’re confident, even when we were down about the results we had that belief about us that we would get out of it.
“I think the past month’s shown what we can do against teams above us. Against Mansfield I thought we battered them, I think that’ll continue now we’ll just keep playing teams off the park most weeks and start winning games.
“December’s quite a big month, we’ve got Crewe Alexandra who are down there and Barnet, so we’ll be looking to win those games and just start pushing up the league and leave them behind.”