DANNY SET TO SHOW NO MERCY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ian Wil­son

ANY West Coun­try derby is spicy and to­mor­row’s has an ex­tra in­gre­di­ent for Gre­cians de­fender Danny But­ter­field – he can rel­e­gate Torquay.

Ex­eter are far from home and hosed them­selves but Good Fri­day’s draw with pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Ch­ester­field could prove vi­tal come the end of the sea­son.

But­ter­field and co are two points above the rel­e­ga­tion places with three games to go – start­ing at St James’ Park against the Gulls.

But the for­mer Crys­tal Palace man in­sists they can kill two birds with one stone in de­feat­ing their lo­cal ri­vals.

“If we win they are rel­e­gated, and it will be a vi­tal three points for us,” said But­ter­field.

“It’s also a lo­cal derby which adds to the in­ten­sity. We’ve done the dou­ble al­ready over Ply­mouth and we’ve beaten Torquay al­ready this sea­son, hope­fully we can get an­other dou­ble.

“It’s not go­ing to be easy be­cause they will be fight­ing for their lives, but we have to be con­fi­dent and ready for a bat­tle.

“I be­lieve we will stay up, if you don’t be­lieve you are ques­tion­ing your team­mates and their abil­i­ties, and that’s not healthy.

“But the way we played against Ch­ester­field was great, we were the bet­ter team on the day and we were dis­ap­pointed not to win.”

While the point could do much for Ex­eter’s hopes of stay­ing in the League Two, it could also aid Ch­ester­field’s hopes of mov­ing up.

What­ever hap­pens on Mon­day against Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge, though, noth­ing will be con­firmed with fourth-placed Fleet­wood three points adrift – al­though the Spire­ites’ su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence gives them the edge.

Eoin Doyle’s sec­ond-half penalty for the hosts on Good Fri­day earned a share of the spoils af­ter the vis­i­tors went in front with a de­flected free-kick from Matt Grimes.

Sam Morsy was sent off for a lung­ing tackle on Grimes but Doyle lev­elled for the ten men af­ter he had been tripped in the box.

“Points at this stage of the sea­son are very im­por­tant, whether it be one or three,” said Ch­ester­field boss Paul Cook.

“With the games run­ning out it’s im­por­tant that we pick points up.

“We never played well, we huffed and puffed.

“When you play against teams that dom­i­nate the mid­dle of the pitch, in terms of men, you’ll strug­gle to get the ball back.

“What Ex­eter were do­ing to us with their di­a­mond and five at the back was al­low­ing us to come out free up the sides but then dom­i­nat­ing the mid­dle of the pitch.

“Great credit goes to our crowd. Our sup­port­ers who kept singing and kept us go­ing be­cause we were just hon­est, we lacked qual­ity but we were hon­est. “Our sup­port was fan­tas­tic, the kop was fan­tas­tic. We’ll take good sup­port to Da­gen­ham.”

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PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

SPOT ON: Eoin Doyle scores the first goal for Ch­ester­field

ALL SMILES: Matt Grimes cel­e­brates with team­mates

STAR MAN MATT OAK­LEY

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