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Snodin: "It’s important to keep the intensity up"

18 April 2019

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The Spireites are unbeaten in six, winning four and drawing two and assistant manager Glynn Snodin emphasised how vital it is for Chesterfield to maintain their good form.

He said: “It’s important to keep the intensity up, we keep saying to them that the season is not finished. When you set a standard, you keep them standards you don’t drop and fall behind them whether you’re winning or losing games.

“Whether you think you’re safe or it’s the end of the season you have to keep those same standards. That’s the same if you’re around the place, on the training field and on a Saturday as well you have to be professional, that’s our job.

“You can’t falter because it could come back and bite you. So, we make sure they’re on it every day and they’ve responded. We’ve told them the season doesn’t finish until the last kick of the game in the final fixture.

“There are supporters who are paying good money and giving up their weekend, the players have to realise they’re playing for them as well.”

Chesterfield travel to Gateshead on Friday to face a team which Snodin believes have had a brilliant season despite off-field issues and expects a challenging game.

“It’s a fantastic effort from them with what they’ve been through," explained Snodin.

They’re a small squad but I think they’ve done absolutely magnificently and they’ll be unlucky to not reach the play-offs now. But what a season they’ve had.

“We’ve watched a couple of their games. They’re going to be a strong outfit and it will be a difficult game again. With the problems they’ve got off the field it’s amazing how well they’ve done.

“They’ve got a great team ethic and they work hard for each other, so it will be a tough game.”

Since Snodin and John Sheridan took over at the Proact, Chesterfield’s results have matched promotion form. Snodin outlined the essentials for a team to be successful in the National League with the Spireites’ main aim being promotion next season.

“We’ve got a great togetherness,” he said.

“When you look at some of the teams up there, they’ve got a good budget but have most importantly bought well. You have to buy well even if you have got the money.

“You need the work ethic and team spirit and then it’s the little bit of quality in the final third that you need. The teams that are up there have that little extra and if you’ve got that then you’ve got a great chance of winning.

“If you can keep your solid foundation then you can change the rest of the team about, but you need a solid base then you have a great chance.”

Snodin confirmed there were no fresh injury concerns and assured that Jerome Binnom-Williams’ recovery is going well, adding: “He’s coming along nicely, we knew how long it was going to be but he’s progressing well.”

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