DEFENDER Kyle Knoyle hopes a fresh Swindon Town side can return from Derbyshire with another valuable three points as the club’s promotion push hits Chesterfield this weekend.

David Flitcroft’s men face an out-of-form Spireites side on the back of a timely win at home to Port Vale last week.

Chesterfield have struggled for form in recent games, last tasting success against Yeovil Town in mid-January.

Poor results have dropped Jack Lester’s men into the relegation zone.

But Knoyle - who has been a regular in Town’s starting line-up since the turn of the new year - insists Swindon are approaching the game in the usual manner.

Not having to play a midweek fixture for the first time in almost a month has also boosted Town’s game preparation.

“We’ve had more time to focus on the game, and more time to recover,” said Knoyle.

“I’m looking around at what’s happening in the league but ultimately we’re focussed on ourselves.

“Our plan is to get a run of results so we don’t have to worry about the Accrington fixture at the end.”

The 21-year-old, who joined Town from Premier League side West Ham on a free transfer in August last year, has appeared 11 times under Flitcroft this season.

And a regular spot in the first team has pleased the youngster, who has been playing a more attacking wing back role in recent fixtures.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed myself since the turn of the year. It’s one of the longest spells of first team starts I’ve had so things are good.

“Playing against the top sides has been a good experience.

“As a player you want to experience all types of battles, it’s good for my personal development.

“Originally I’m a full-back. It’s about me adjusting my game.

“Defensively I’m comfortable, but it’s in the final third where I’ve got to have an impact on the game.

“I was pleased with my assist (for Paul Mullin’s winner against Port Vale) on Saturday.

“I thought I could’ve bagged a couple the game before but right now we’re creating chances.”

Teaming up with influential midfielder Matt Taylor has been another plus point for Knoyle this year.

Having spent time together at West Ham, Knoyle reflected on days at the Hammers with his now Town teammate.

He said: “I remember playing with Matt as a kid.

“I was a scholar and he was in the first team so I’d play against him on Thursdays and Fridays.

“Playing with him at Swindon has been a different experience though.

“He’s helped me a lot and is useful for my development.

“Communication in the back four is crucial.

“It’s important to listen to Matt because of the career he’s had.

“He’s been there and done it. It’s down to us to look at what they do and replicate it.”