Skipper Adam Murray admits that he is relishing the prospect of featuring in tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited ‘crunch’ local derby clash with Chesterfield at One Call Stadium.
Our team will be looking to complete a fantastic ‘double’ over the Spireites, following our superb 1-0 win at the Proact Stadium six months ago.
“With the predicament that both clubs are in, being at opposite ends of the league table, it adds more spice to [the occasion],” said the 32-year-old.
“[What makes games like this special] is the tension and everything else that rides on it – not just for three points and the pride of winning, but for the fans. Its bragging rights to a certain degree.
“We’re aware of what a big game it is and we’ll be doing our best to get three points.”
Murray added: “These games come with a lot of baggage, but if you can come out the other side [of that] and you get the three points on the board, it gives you an extra special buzz.”
Under Paul Cook’s stewardship, Chesterfield have enjoyed a solid campaign so far and currently sit in the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League Two.
Nevertheless, the Spireites, who are also Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Finalists, will be desperate to get back to winning ways and maintain their promotion bid, after losing at Plymouth Argyle in midweek.
“In these games, your form, expectancy and everything [else] goes out of the window,” said Murray. “It’s like a cup game. You get a special atmosphere, a special feeling and it’ll be about who handles that best on the day.
“Come one o’clock on Saturday, it’ll be 11 versus 11 and it’s a game of football. That’s the way we have to look at things. If we go about our job [correctly], hopefully we’ll get something out of it.”
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