Laurence Maguire realises that the players are representing the whole town when they visit Exeter City in tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash.
Despite the Spireites having games in hand over their league rivals, they are currently seven points from safety and Jack Lester will be hoping his side can repeat their 1-0 home win earlier in the season against tomorrow’s opposition.
With Chesterfield’s fate still in their hands, Maguire admits the squad have set themselves a points target before the season finishes.
“We need to put it right and hopefully get three points tomorrow.” Maguire said. “We have points total in mind and that’s between the group because we believe that it would be enough for us to stay in the league.
“With me being from down the road in Sheffield, I know what it means to the town of Chesterfield. I’ve been here for seven years; the squad and fans have been fantastic and have followed us up and down the country.”
Saturdays defeat was the 15th time Chesterfield have lost by a one goal margin in the league this season and Maguire admits the squad need to be more clinical in front of goal.
The 21-year-old said: “Defensively I feel as though we have done okay. You see on the training ground that the good attacking options we have. Kristian Dennis has done well this year and scored a lot of goals for us, but we need other players to chip in and score some goals now because it’s such an important time and we need to get out of this mess.
“We’ve had some good performances away from home this year if you look at the Luton’s, Swindon’s and Notts County and games like that. They were big games and it wasn’t to be against Grimsby and Port Vale and obviously the Mansfield game we thought was even and there didn’t really deserve to be a winner.”
The club were boosted with the return of club captain Ian Evatt against Mansfield Town on Saturday after his lengthy spell on the side-lines. Maguire believes his experience is key to Chesterfield fighting relegation.
Maguire said: “It was a massive boost, you could see on the training ground that he wanted to get back out there. Although he wasn’t back to full fitness, for me to play next to him on Saturday really helped me. The experience of Ian is massive around the group and he’s helped me as a player for the past five or six years because I’ve been with him for that long. We have a good relationship and I hope I can keep my place next to him.”
After being in and out of the team throughout the past month, Maguire hopes that he can keep his place for the last five games of the season and keep Chesterfield in the Football League.
“I’ve obviously played a few games mid-season and I thought I done alright then, but it wasn’t to be for the games after that.” Maguire admitted. “It’s been tough for me because I’ve been trying to get back into the side and when I got my chance at Morecambe I thought I done alright, the main aim for me is to play as many games as possible.”
The centre-half expects Tuesday’s visit to St James’ Park to be difficult but knows believes Chesterfield are more than capable of getting three much needed points.
Maguire added: “They are a very good side because they have had a good season. They are pushing for the play-offs and it’s going to be a tough game down there, but we believe in what we’re doing and how we’re going to set up is going to be the right way to get the three points.”