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Skipper Praises Character

3 November 2017

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Skipper Robbie Weir has praised the character of the team going into this weekend's FA Cup clash with Bradford City and claims the pressure is off as they get ready for a break from Sky Bet League Two action.

The Spireites did well to come back and earn a draw against Carlisle last weekend and Weir was impressed with the way the team continued to push right until the final whistle.

He said: "We showed good character and we showed our fitness levels to get back in the game."

The importance of fitness has been outlined by manager Jack Lester since he took charge at the Proact and it proved to be a key factor last weekend.

The Spireites will hope to keep the momentum going when they face tougher opposition in the form of Bradford this weekend. Weir stated: "Personally, I think with the result we got last week and how well we've been playing lately, ideally we would have liked a league game, but it gives us a chance against Bradford - who are in the league above us - to go and prove a point."

Weir says the Spireites will go into the match with the pressure firmly off. "We have no pressure going there," he said. "We've been doing well lately and we'll keep working on that on Saturday.

"People have already got us beat so we can just go there, play our game, work on things we've been working on in training and hopefully get a result."

An FA Cup run could be exactly what Chesterfield need to breathe new confidence into their campaign, but Weir argued that could be the case with any victory.

"Any win at the minute is going to build confidence and that's what we need," said the midfielder. "We need consistency and hopefully we can build on that."

Meanwhile, Weir spoke about his duty as captain, having been given the armband when Lester arrived at the Proact. "It's been great and it's a massive honour," he commented. "The manager's come in and given me the armband but there should be 11 captains out on that pitch."

Competition for places in recent weeks has been strong, and in midfield, Weir's position on the pitch, that is especially true. Weir believes that it is a healthy contest: "In centre midfield there are loads of bodies fighting for places so it's good," he added.

"I find it a positive thing to keep me on my toes, making sure you're playing well. If you're not, someone else is going to come in and take your shirt."

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