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Kellett: "It's going to be a very good game."

24 November 2017

Andy Kellett has insisted that the Spireites will go into tomorrow's eagerly anticipated derby with Mansfield Town (1pm), full of confidence and with the will to go there and get all three points.

Chesterfield go into the game off the back of two victories in a row in what has so far been a hugely successful week for the team. But despite Kellett not being at the club very long, he recognises the importance of Saturday.

He said: "Before I came here I didn't really know much about the derby, but speaking to fans and speaking to staff and some of the players I can't wait for it. It's going to be a very good game."

A derby always has the potential to go either way and Kellett has spoken about a possible change in mentality as they prepare for the game at the One Call Stadium.

"We're not going to treat it like it's any other thing, obviously it's a derby so we're going to be up for it a lot more," he commented.

Kellett meanwhile spoke about the confidence the team's back to back wins will bring ahead of this Saturday's clash. "We're all confident, the way we're playing you can see that there's starting to be a growth of confidence and we've got to take that into Saturday and show the fans what they want to see," he stated.

Despite successive wins Chesterfield still sit bottom of Sky Bet League Two, but Kellett insists they have what it takes to get out of what is currently a relegation fight.

"Since I came in, from day one we've been near the bottom or rock bottom.

"I've always had that confidence that we will get out of it, because most of the teams we've played we feel like we should have got a lot more out the game. I feel like we are in a bit of a false position," he explained.

For the Spireites things are finally starting to click following Jack Lester's arrival after a tough start to the campaign. "It wasn't always going to click at first but now we're all seeing that it's working and at this moment in time we can beat anyone in the league, Kellett claimed.

Speaking on Lester, Kellett reflected: "I think we always knew that when the gaffer came in it wasn't going to click right away because he's brought in his own staff and his own philosophy on how he wants us to play."

A major part of the manager's philosophy is getting the players as fit as possible and that has really shown over the past month.

"The gaffer wants us to all be as fit as we can. We know we can play football, it's just having that energy to carry it over 90 minutes. The training we're doing everyday will eventually put us at a stage where we'll be able to run over teams," Kellett expressed.

Meanwhile there has also been a desire for the rest of the team to start chipping in with goals. Kristian Dennis has been in excellent form bagging 11 strikes, whilst Jak McCourt has also been finding the net in recent games. "Dennis is scoring a lot and Jak's chipped in with a few. Now it's probably up to myself, Joe [Rowley] and Reed to help with that as well.

"I think in a couple of weeks I'm hoping we'll be scoring a lot more goals than what we are because we saw on Tuesday and Saturday we're creating a lot of chances, we're just not putting them away," Kellett noted.

The season long loanee also spoke briefly about his own game, and how the team were progressing overall saying: "I still think there's a lot more to come from me personally.

"I think not just the last couple of games where we picked up points, but the games before them when we've not picked up points we've played just as well but it's not gone our way on the day," Kellett remarked.


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