Chesterfield v Crewe Alexandra – Preview

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Crewe Alexandra visit the Proact Stadium this weekend for an all-important relegation six-pointer against Chesterfield.

The visit of Crewe, who sit two positions below the 20th placed Spireites, may appear on paper as a golden opportunity for Danny Wilson’s men to pick up only a fourth home victory of the season.

But it may come as a surprise to know that only promotion-chasers Wigan Athletic are on a longer unbeaten run in the division than this weekend’s opponent – Crewe’s six games without defeat including hard-fought draws against Wigan and 3rd placed Walsall.

Manager Danny Wilson is under no illusions and hopes the pressure will spur on his players rather than hinder them:

“It’s going to be a tough game. Irrespective of league positions, it doesn’t make things any easier.

“I think it’s important that the players understand the pressure and embrace it. We’ve got to find it exciting rather than terrifying.”

Chesterfield’s hopes have been lifted by the arrival of Welsh international Declan John and former million-pound man Jordan Slew, the latter of whom Wilson knows from his days at Sheffield United:

“Jordan has got to prove himself and we’ve given him a platform to do that. We remember this potential and he’s ready to kick on again.

“”There’s better than going into the end of season with four or five strikers all chomping at the bit to play. And we’ve got that now. It’s the goals that will keep us up”

One man the side will be without for this crucial contest however, is captain Gary Liddle, whose red card in the 1-1 midweek draw at Colchester United has been upheld despite an appeal from the club.

Tomorrow’s game could be the biggest of the season yet and with potential to make or break the Spireites’ season, the club has never needed the backing of it’s supporters more – so make sure you are at the Proact Stadium at 3pm on Saturday!

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