Chesterfield midfielder Andy Kellett says that despite the current injury troubles, the Spireites will still head into Saturday’s match with Colchester United at the Proact (3pm) in high spirits.
Town have lost their last three matches in Sky Bet League Two after previously going six unbeaten, but the former Bolton Wanderers man sees no reason why they can’t turn that around in their final match of 2017.
“There’s a lot of lads injured and probably lads who’re playing with niggles which isn’t helping, but they’re trying to do the best for the team,” Kellett said.
“We are low on numbers but we’ve still got quite a solid base from what we were doing well with a few weeks ago.
“It is hard, myself and some of the lads aren’t training as much as we’re trying to bring down that inflammation. But we’re trying to put that right on Saturday, we’ve come into bad form after being in good form, but we know what we demand of each other and how to win games.”
Injuries to key defenders like Bradley Barry and captain Ian Evatt, forced manager Jack Lester into a tactical reshuffle in the Boxing Day clash with Crewe Alexandra.
Kellett played as a left wing back in the 3-5-2 formation, a position which while not unfamiliar to him is one that took a bit of getting used to, after spending much of the last few weeks playing as either a left winger or in a number 10 role.
“I’ve played in that position before, but not recently the last time I played there was when I was at Plymouth – I played a big chunk of games there,” he explained.
“And when you get pushed up to left midfield you don’t forget about the defending but you want to concentrate more on attacking.
“When you come back to playing wing back you have to do a lot more, there are high demands in both defending and attacking.”
Kellett says that he’s unsure whether or not the manager will once again play that formation against Colchester, but that he’d happily fit in where needed should that be the case.
Upon his initial arrival he started as a left back, but switched to a more attacking role in the match with Crawley Town in October and since then he’s not looked back, contributing numerous assists as well as a goal in the 2-2 draw with Mansfield Town last month.
When reflecting on his recent good form, the one-time Manchester United man said: “It’s going a lot better, though there’s a lot more to come. I know what I’ve done and I know I can do more – I’ve shown glimpses of what I’m capable of.
“The manager’s told me that I’ve been doing well for him, but I’m always demanding more of myself to help the team and I do feel that I’ve not been playing as well as I should be.
“I’m always trying to better myself, though I don’t think things have gone for me in certain ways, but I’m sure when the team and myself get a bit more confidence you’ll see a completely different me and team.”
One area which Kellett is desperate to improve on is his goal tally, with just the solitary header against the Stags to his name so far this season. However, the midfielder looks to have a found a remedy to that going forward.
“I feel like I’ve got into some really good positions, but I’ve probably tried to be too clever in some situations, I’ve just got to put my foot through it,” he added.