Defender Sid Nelson has urged the players to make a statement on Sunday, as the Spireites get ready for a clash with Notts County, 1.30pm. A game which looks set to catch the eye in front of Sky Sports cameras.
Chesterfield's run in for the remainder of the season gives them a real chance of avoiding the drop and after earning a draw against Cheltenham Town last time out, will be hoping to pick up more points in their bid to stay up. "It's another point on the tally,” Nelson reflected.
“It was disappointing not to hold onto the three points when we were in the lead, but it is a step in the right direction. Of course, it gave us confidence.”
Although he realises it is important to focus on themselves, Nelson insists the misfortune of teams around them in the week has certainly helped: "Results have gone our way in the week so that's another incentive for us. We are looking up and I feel if we can make a statement on Sunday then I think we've got it," he said.
Despite the Spireites struggles this season, they've still had some really encouraging results, no less so than against then league leaders Luton Town. It's those types of performances that Nelson thinks will make the rest of the teams around them stand up. "Going back to the Luton game - we made a statement then and we backed it up with a win against Yeovil. Hopefully we can do the same this Sunday," he commented.
Since the draw with Cheltenham, manager Jack Lester has been pushing the players hard in training. But it's something that will only benefit the team going into the future. "It's been intense, and it has been over the last couple of months. Going into every game now I think the boys have got that inner belief and confidence in themselves to go into any game knowing we can win," Nelson revealed.
Lester will have a strong squad of players available to him this Sunday with absentees returning from injury at frequent intervals. One that's nearing a return is Ian Evatt and Nelson thinks his fellow defender will bring much needed qualities back into the side. "Evatt will come in and give that leadership and that extra voice that a few of the players needed," he asserted.
Nelson has also made it known just how excited the players are for this weekend's game, but they won't let the TV cameras distract them from what is such an important game. "It's a local derby, of course there's going to be an extra buzz about it, but we've got to focus on the job in hand," the 22-year-old added.
Nelson was also quick to heap praise on the fans, who he assures are pivotal to any success the Spireites have. He explained: "The fans are really important to us at the moment and so they should be because it's their club as well as ours. It is a massive help and they have been with us a lot this season.
"With the Cheltenham game they came down in their hundreds from miles away, so they don't go unnoticed," Nelson expressed.
The centre-back is currently on loan from Millwall and spoke of how he's enjoyed his spell with Chesterfield so far. "It's been magnificent," he noted.
"From the fans, to the staff, to the players, I feel like we're all united as one at the moment. I've got nothing but positive vibes from around the place," Nelson affirmed.