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Chesterfield vs Woking – The importance of being third

Chesterfield host fellow playoff chasers Woking tonight at the Technique Stadium as the two teams battle it out for third place.

Ideally Chesterfield would have liked to be fighting it out for automatic promotion with Notts County and Wrexham, but a few bad results for the Spireites have seen the top two sides slowly pull away into their own two horse race, leaving the likes of Chesterfield and Woking in their wake.

But finishing third is still important for any club with aspirations of promotion this season, since the revamp of the league which allows up to six teams to compete in the playoffs only second and third secure byes into the semi-final, so second and third only need to win two games instead of three in order to be promoted back into the EFL.

Chesterfield will want to bounce back from their back to back defeats to Borehamwood and Barnet who also occupy playoff positions, following the defeat to Borehamwood at the weekend โ€“ Chesterfieldโ€™s assistant manager Danial Webb knows the importance of winning tonight under the lights as he said,

โ€œWe know for a fact that if we win on Tuesday night, we go third. We need to make sure we get back on track.โ€

After the weekends defeat, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook spoke of the importance for his team to be more clinical in front of goal and this will be important tonight as Woking donโ€™t concede very many goals.

Woking are also going through a little sticky patch, only picking up one point from their last two games drawing with Torquey United and losing 1-0 away to Eastleigh. And with a point only separating the two sides both teams will be looking for the win as Barnet who also play tonight could leapfrog either team or at least join the race should the points be shared tonight and Barnet beat Halifax Town.  

Tonightโ€™s game will kick off at 19:45pm on Tuesday the 7th of February at the Technique Stadium, Chesterfield.   

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