DAVID Flitcroft will stress the importance of toeing the line between confidence and arrogance to his Swindon Town squad as they look to extend their winning run to a sixth game this weekend.

After three successive cup fixtures, Town turn their attentions back to League Two on Saturday when they welcome bottom side Chesterfield to the Energy Check County Ground.

The two teams will take to the field amid a spell of contrasting fortunes, as while Town are flying high in fifth in the table at present, the Spireites have claimed just three wins from 20 matches in all competitions in 2017-18.

Although Flitcroft believes a positive mood around the camp goes hand in hand with good results, the Swindon boss is adamant there is no chance of his troops entering the match expecting the outcome to be a foregone conclusion.

Flitcroft has therefore warned Town to be just as vigilant as they always are, particularly with new Chesterfield manager Jack Lester beginning to implement his own principles on the visitors.

“We will work on a strategy to be competitive against Chesterfield,” said Flitcroft.

“A new manager has come in there with new ideas – he has been very brave with the way he wants to play.

“It is a different challenge but we are fully focussed on us and what we are doing well, without being over-confident.

“I don’t like arrogance, it has no place in football, but confidence is important in football.”

Town and Chesterfield were both relegated from League One last season but whereas Flitcroft has been able to turn Swindon’s fortunes around this term, the Spireites have continued to slump.

Flitcroft concedes it is difficult to cast aside the sombre atmosphere at a club that coincides with relegation but thinks Lester can get Chesterfield going again after replacing Gary Caldwell in September.

“It sometimes happens. Look at Sunderland, you get in a rut and they have lost football matches consistently over a big period of time now,” said Flitcroft.

“Port Vale are another of those teams. I have said all season that they have really good players but sometimes those dark clouds come over players and it is very difficult to get rid of.

“Gary Caldwell worked fantastically hard at Chesterfield but just couldn’t get the results and sometimes clubs just happen to stay in that rut.

“Jack has taken a good job on and I am sure he will turn it around.”