Allott refuses to give up

Midfielder hoping Chesterfield can pick up points against rivals

Mark Allott: Chesterfield midfielder is not giving up on avoiding relegation from League One

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Chesterfield's experienced midfielder Mark Allott has not given up hope of maintaining their League One status.

The Spireites collapsed to their third straight league defeat at the weekend after losing 4-1 at home to Scunthorpe United, despite taking the lead against their relegation rivals.

John Sheridan's side are anchored to the foot of League One and cast 10 points adrift of safety with just six games left.

However, Allott believes that the next two games, against fellow relegation candidates Walsall and Wycombe Wanderers, could dictate their survival chances.

Crucial

"In April we've got all the teams that are in and around us and hopefully they will have a tough run of games as well," Allott told Sky Sports.

"It is not impossible to avoid relegation and whilst that is still the case we are going to give it a good go.

"All of our last six games are must win, but obviously the likes of Walsall, Wycombe and Rochdale are crucial because they are the ones we need to catch.

"We just need to go out and try to win all of the last six games and hopefully other clubs will help us out along the way.

"It is always bubbly in training, with competition for places keeping everyone on their toes and the players that haven't been in the side lately are desperate to earn a recall.

"It is probably the same at every football club, with every player keen to play in every game.

"The mood around the camp is great, especially after the recent events at Wembley, but it never changes at this club, with people happy to be here and fighting for their place in the starting line-up."

Strange

Despite their league struggles, Chesterfield have impressed in the cup competitions, lifting the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last month, leaving the combative midfielder struggling to explain their league form.

He added: "It has been a strange one this season because we haven't prepared differently for the cup games.

"It is just one of those things that can happen to a club, with Birmingham proof of the pudding having lifted the Carling Cup and then going down.

"Hopefully, that won't be the case for us and literally these last six games feel like cup finals to us."