Chesterfield: Saunders staying grounded after Spireites win

Dean Saunders
Dean Saunders

Spireites manager Dean Saunders is refusing to get carried away despite their impressive victory over in-form Southend United.

Phil Brown’s side came to the Proact having won six in seven but a superb opening 45 minutes blew away the Essex side.

It was 2-0 at the break, and the home side added a third early in the second half after The Shrimpers had come back out more fired up.

Striker Lee Novak was the star of the show, opening the scoring whilst his partner Sylvan Ebanks-Blake poached a couple from rebounds to take Spireites to 20 points, one more than at the same stage last season.

Saunders said: “I’m really proud of all the players, we fought, we looked strong, the two strikers played well and they looked strong and athletic, we looked fit all over the pitch. The players just worked and worked and worked, Southend got chances in the game but missed.

“The difference was we didn’t make mistakes and we took our chances.

“They are a really good team but we were quick all over the pitch, I expected a tough match but I didn’t expect us to win 3-0. I thought it would be a tight match but we could have scored more.”

Saunders’ pragmatism shone through when he added: “It’s a work in progress; I wasn’t too down when we lost to Gillingham because I thought we played well in that game. But they scored from a free-kick, a corner and a throw-in and in this game we were giving the ball away from our own throw-ins on the halfway line and that allowed them to have chances so we’ve still got things to work on.”

Chesterfield host Mark Robins’ Scunthorpe United on Saturday looking to make it three wins on the bounce in League One. The Iron were beaten at leaders Gillingham on Tuesday, courtesy of a last minute goal from the ten man Gills, a result that ended a run of three straight wins for them.

The Spireites will have to make one enforced change after Ian Evatt collected his fifth caution of the campaign in midweek, triggering an automatic one-match suspension. Evatt’s teammate, Chris Herd, is one yellow card away from a ban.