John Buckley column: Spireites test likely to be open contest

Action from Rovers' 3-2 win over Chesterfield.
Action from Rovers' 3-2 win over Chesterfield.

Chesterfield will be a hard game. When they came to Doncaster earlier on in the season I thought they were one of the best footballing teams we’ve seen.

It was a good game and they have some good players. They gave a great account of themselves at Derby last weekend too.

If we can get an early goal it would be ideal, but I don’t think a point in this game would be a bad result. However, I believe we can go there and win, considering our recent form and our track record in away games.

It should be an open game and that could suit us, as Rovers like to play away from home and on the counter attack.

We will probably see Stephen Bywater tested for the first time since he’s signed and hopefully he’ll do well. He was hardly troubled by either Barnsley or Notts County.

One area for improvement is that I feel maybe we can do better with set plays because we seem to get corners and attacking set-pieces and not much has come of them.

Hopefully the players will be listening to the manager. I took the under 16s at the weekend and it’s great when you feel like what you’ve said has gone on board, and knowing the players are listening to you.

The fixtures take a kinder turn on paper and it’d be nice to think we’ll pick up quite a few points in February, but it’s very dangerous to think like that.

I think Donny are often a better team who play better football when we’re playing the harder games. I don’t know why it is that way, but you often see teams playing at their opponents’ level. You saw it at the weekend with the FA Cup.

Watching Bristol City play West Ham at the weekend made me think about how much of a good job Andy Butler did with Matt Smith too. Smith is a real handful and Butler did every bit as well against him as top Premier League defenders did.

The potential new striker signing would give us a little lift. Like I’ve said previously, you want everybody to respond to it in a positive fashion.

How would the other strikers take it if they were to be dropped? Would they stick their lip out or try even harder to prove themselves?

It’d be a positive if we can get it done.