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Weir: "Experience could get us through this."

18 March 2018

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Chesterfield midfielder Robbie Weir believes the return of the club’s more experienced players will help the Spireites massively between now and the end of the campaign.

Weir returned to the Spireites side in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town, after suffering a knee injury in the 2-1 win over Swindon last month.

He linked up with Drew Talbot in midfield at the LCI Rail Stadium, giving the starting XI a more experienced look than in recent weeks. With the likes of Joe Anyon appearing on the substitutes bench and the possibility of getting Ian Evatt back from injury, the Northern Irishman thinks that it will only spur on the younger players.

“It’s very important,” the former Burton Albion man asserted. “Especially in the stage that we’re in. We are in a bad situation and I think experience could get us through this. And I think we will get through this.

“We’ve got 'Evo' (Ian Evatt) coming back, which’ll be a massive plus for us. The experienced players have all been in this situation one way or another, so we know exactly what it needs to take to get out of it and we’ll drag the young lads on and make them stand up to be counted."

Yesterday’s match at the LCI Rail Stadium was played in tough conditions on a tricky surface and, like his manager, Weir feels that the point gained could turn out to be an important one come the end of the season.

“I think that it’s a point gained, especially with results going our way, we’re off the bottom,” he said. “It’s a point in the right direction. Hopefully we can build on it next week.

“The conditions were very bad, the pitch was bad and it was a scrappy game, but that’s the way it might have to be towards the end of the season.

“If we can get results playing like that then we’ll take it, because we need them. I think it was a good point against not a bad side.”

Aaron Ramsdale was arguably the team’s stand-out performer in Gloucestershire and Weir felt that the on-loan goalkeeper is producing some very consistent performances.

He said: “'Rammers' has played every game since he’s come in and he’s improving. He made a fantastic save and one or two others. He had a fantastic game last week as well.

“It’s a good base for us if the keeper is playing well, but we can’t keep relying on him.”

Next up for the Spireites is a home clash with Notts County at the Proact, next Sunday (1.30pm) and the midfielder has called on his team-mates to produce the same level of performance that has yielded a good number of points against teams at the top of the table over the last few months.

He added: “For some reason we always seem to up our game against the teams at the top of the table. In the game with Luton at home I thought we played really well and hopefully we can do that next Sunday.”

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