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Ryan: Saturday is a massive game for us

24 March 2016

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Midfielder returns to his former side Chesterfield this weekend

Midfielder Jimmy Ryan admits he is relishing Saturday afternoon’s trip to the Proact Stadium to face former employers Chesterfield.

Ryan spent two years in Derbyshire and enjoyed success by winning promotion as well as reaching the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs last season.

A win for the Cod Army would lift them above the Spireites who sit in 18th place, and would further extend the gap between themselves and the teams around them.

Ahead of the game, Ryan said: “We’re both obviously down towards the bottom end of the table and only a point separates us, so it’s a massive game for both camps.

“I’ve got some good memories of Chesterfield and the stuff we achieved over two years so it’ll be a little bit different going back there as an opposition player.

“Chesterfield have got a lot of good players and a lot of new lads in since I was there. We’ve got to go there and focus on ourselves though.

“When you get towards the end of the season people start thinking this game is more important than one that would have been earlier in the season, but at the end of the day it’s still three points.

“Every point is just as important as each other but when you do start to approach the final stage of the season things become more pressured.

“Our problem this season is that we’ve been playing well but possible not getting the results we deserve. The last three games have been a mixed bag though.

“We’ve maybe deserved a little bit more because we’ve played well in patches, but the likes of Burton we didn’t do ourselves justice and didn’t deserve anything.

“We’ve got to add goals to our game and keep them out at the other end, and hopefully that will be enough for us on Saturday.”

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