Downes - New stadium key
Aaron Downes believes that Chesterfield's new stadium has played a major part behind their start to the season.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 26/10/10 7:44pm
Chesterfield defender Aaron Downes believes that the club's new stadium has played a major part behind their impressive start to the season.
The Spireites lead the way in League Two, with a three point cushion over second and third placed Port Vale and Bury respectively.
The Derbyshire outfit moved into the B2Net Stadium during the summer after
139 years at Saltergate, but Downes, who has yet to play in the new arena due to injury, told skysports.com that it has galvanised the whole town.
He said: "I do the commentary for all the home games and have trained on it with the boys, but to actually play on it is obviously a different kettle of fish.
"I am obviously really looking forward to playing there because having been at Chesterfield for seven years and played at Saltergate for so long it is going to be fantastic to play in the new stadium.
"It has created a lot of interest in the team and attendances have soared from 3,500 to 7,777 on Saturday and the town has really embraced the new stadium.
"I'm doing a Sports Journalism course at Staffordshire University and for one of my pieces was to go round the fans and get their verdict on the new ground.
"The feedback was mainly how impressed they were by the new ground and how they couldn't believe what a good job the club have done with it.
"The lads are producing some good performances in it as well, so it is a good place to be at the moment."
With a return of 19 from a maximum of 21 points gained at home this season already Downes knows that home form is a key ingredient in the recipe for promotion.
"We are unbeaten at home and the lads put on some remarkable performances against Shrewsbury last time out and Crewe before that, to come back from 4-1 down to salvage a point against the latter.
"That showed a lot of determination and mental strength for them to keep going when our unbeaten home record seemed to be coming to an end.
"That is the only hiccup at home too and although our away form hasn't been as good, we have only lost once on our travels too.
"If we can keep our home form strong and continue to pick up the odd three points on the road then we are going to be there or thereabouts for sure."