Chesterfield: Dieseruvwe out to prove he is now a changed Mani

Mani Dieseruvwe
Mani Dieseruvwe

Chesterfield striker Mani Dieseruvwe is out to prove he has learned from his two ‘stupid’ red cards this season.

The former Sheffield Wednesday trainee has been sent off twice in six matches for the Spireites this season.

But after starting for the first time in the win at Crewe Alexandra last weekend, the 20-year-old says he is a changed man.

“The first red card at Carlisle was fairly unlucky but I was a bit naive as I went into a challenge where I couldn’t really win the ball,” Dieseruvwe said.

“The second one at Coventry was just stupid and all the boys have given me plenty of stick.

“The gaffer’s told me that it was a stupid thing to do when I was already on a yellow card and it probably cost us a point. Sam Morsy was just behind me as well and could have finished it off.

“I will learn from those two incidents.”

Dieseruvwe’s improvement appears to have moved him up the Spireites pecking order. Armand Gnanduillet looks set to join League Two outfit Stevenage on loan.

Defender Jack Fitzwater has returned to West Bromwich Albion after making one appearance during his loan spell at Chesterfield.

For Saturday’s clash with Gillingham, boss Dean Saunders is expected to revert to a team similar to that which won at Crewe last weekend, meaning plenty of changes from the side that lost at Rochdale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday.

Lee Novak is rated at 50-50 with a thigh injury and while Ian Evatt broke his hand at Crewe, he is expected to play at the Proact.

On Gillingham, Saunders said: ““They’re a good team with a good young manager who’s learned the hard way and we’re going to have a tough game.

“They’re scoring goals, they’re well organised but we have a plan for them.

“We won our last league game at Crewe with a good performance and we should have some fresh legs to come in on Saturday.”