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Eyre: "The emphasis tonight will be on building up fitness and cohesion."

6 July 2017

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Chesterfield assistant manager, Steve Eyre, says that the squad are looking forward to tonight’s pre-season friendly with Matlock Town at the DCJ Group Insurance Arena, 7.30pm.

The Spireites kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 4-1 victory away at Sheffield FC on Tuesday night and Eyre would like more of the same.

Reflecting on the Sheffield encounter, he said: “It was a good night, everybody got minutes, 45 each, and there were no injuries.

“Obviously we were pleased with how they played and the score line. We’re putting emphasis on playing well and winning which is what we’re expected to do in League Two this season.

“We were grateful for Sheffield FC inviting us to come and play and we’re looking forward to tonight at Matlock.

“The emphasis tonight will be on building up fitness and cohesion between the players and the team and what we’ve got to do now is monitor the fitness of the lads and where they are with their levels.”

Manager Gary Caldwell is set to field two XIs for tonight’s clash as well as in tomorrow’s game with Buxton (7.30pm).

As they did on Tuesday, the players all trained this morning and Eyre explained the reasons behind that decision.

“We’re a full-time club and even though we have a game, contact time is vital, we structured the training this morning so it wasn’t too enduring,” he told iFollow.

“The challenge for the players tonight is to overcome the trauma that they put their bodies through for the game on Tuesday to recover quickly and play again.

“We might gain the rhythms and patterns of the players, the cohesion and the partnerships all over the field building and forming.

“Whatever the level, you’re trying to build performances and confidence but pre-season is heavily fitness based so you expect your players to run around and reach certain targets during the game.

“We know that there’ll be maximum effort from the opposition tonight and we’ve got to try and overcome that.”

Following the two fixtures against non-league opposition, the first team squad and back room staff will head to Spain for a week-long training camp on Sunday.

It will be a more than useful camp for the Spireites, who will come up against Benfica B and Middlesbrough during their stay.

The trip will also enable good work on the training pitch to be undertaken as well as building on the already vibrant atmosphere in the dressing room.

Eyre added: “You’re going from spending 8-10 hours a day to 24 hours a day which is only building cohesion.

“Just to get away with the lads for a week is brilliant - we’re grateful to the club for supporting us with that.

“We recognise that the contest between the two teams will see us have to work a lot without the ball so getting in a good shape and getting the ball back, but we will obviously be looking to go through our patterns of play, building the ball around the goal and taking our opportunities, so we can hopefully have a good week.”

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