Chesterfield assistant manager Nicky Eaden believes that having another week without a midweek fixture will prove to be beneficial for the club’s players.
The Sprieites squad undertook a double training session today, with an 11v11 match in the morning preceding a physical session in the afternoon. The two sessions gave manager Jack Lester, Eaden and first team coach Tommy Wright the chance to further implement their playing style.
“We could have done with this when we first came in,” Eaden told iFollow. “As we could have got our principles bedded down and that the players could have known exactly what you want.
“It’s difficult when you’re playing games on a Saturday and then the following Tuesday as you can only get so much work into the players, so it’s good to get into them. We had the same last week and we’ll carry on getting the work into them.”
Since arriving at the club last month Lester has overseen a run of two wins, four defeats and a draw from his seven matches in charge.
And while there hasn’t been as many victories during that time as players, staff and supporters would have hoped for, Eaden thinks that performances have been trending in the right direction – as was evidenced in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Carlisle United.
Reflecting on the game, Eaden said: “We watched the game back on Sunday and in the first half we played better than I thought.
“You go in a goal up having controlled most of the game and not letting Carlisle have too many opportunities and then we seemed to have a mad 10-minute spell where we panicked a little bit under pressure.
“They scored a goal from a set piece which is disappointing, but even at 1-1 we’ve hit the bar and then they’ve put the second one in. After that we’ve managed to nick the equaliser and then we’ve had two really good opportunities, if we’d had another 10 minutes after that we’d have gone on to win it – if it had finished 5-2 I don’t think Carlisle could have complained!
“It’s pleasing because about a month ago we might not have come back from it and because we’re getting them that little bit fitter there’s belief that we can go out and get results.
“The players have bought into it and you can see that in the performances, we’ve not won five on the bounce, but the signs are there that we’ll be able to keep it up.”
The Sprieites face Sky Bet League One side Bradford City at Valley Parade on Saturday, in an Emirates FA Cup first round tie (3pm).
Stuart McCall’s Bantams currently find themselves in third position in League One and come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win away at Portsmouth last Saturday.
On paper it looks a difficult draw for Town, but Eaden says that the Sprieites will head into the fixture in good spirits and should they pull off a result it could bode well for the future.
“It will be a tough game as Bradford are going well and have a strong squad, whether they’ll rotate it or not I’ve no idea, but not too long ago they were playing at the same level, so we’ll be going there to try and win the game,” he said.
“We can’t be going there and giving Bradford too much respect by sitting off them, if we compete against them it will be a good guide as to how far we’ve come and maybe give the lads that bit more belief.”
Meanwhile, Eaden says that he’s enjoying life at the club since his arrival and that he’s formed a good relationship with the fellow members of the backroom team, whose differing personalities provide a nice balance.
“I take a bit more of a back seat but that’s because I tend to observe a lot and then just pass on bits of information and knowledge,” he added.
“We’re all different and that’s what Jack was looking when he put the staff together, we all complement each other.”