New Chesterfield goalkeeper, Joe Anyon, says that Saturday’s clash with Stoke City U23s will provide the Spireites with another good test ahead of the new season.
The former Scunthorpe United ‘keeper has started all of the club’s pre-season friendlies so far and hopes to do so again when the Spireites take on the Potters at St Georges’ Park, Burton (2pm).
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Anyon said: “I think it’ll be a little bit like the Benfica game, but they’ll a little bit more direct with being an English club.
“Benfica very rarely gave the ball away, but for us it was all about learning your shape, knowing your role and having good positions.
“I think it’s a good test and a good workout for us to go play on a good pitch against a good team and get some minutes under our belts.”
Anyon played the full 90 minutes in the Spireites’ last friendly, Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.
Late goals from the Blades’ Jack O’Connell and David Brooks won the match for the Sky Bet Championship side, after Chris O’Grady’s first half effort had put the Spireites in front at the interval.
And despite the frustration of losing, Anyon believes that the team can hold their heads high.
He said: “I’m very disappointed, but at same time there was loads of positives to take, we looked very strong against a team that’s been hardly been beaten in the past 15 months.
“The lads worked hard and put on a good performance and it could’ve gone either way.”
“I thought we gave a good account of ourselves.”
Anyon joined the club from the Glanford Park along with former Iron team mate Scott Wiseman in May and says that he has settled in well with his new team mates, something he feels can play a big part in having a successful League Two campaign.
“The management, the staff and the lads have made everyone feel welcome and it is a positive place to be,” he asserted.
“We’ve got our own goals and keeping them in-house for the time being, but we want to a have big season and we want to do well.”