SPIREITES: Oldham visit sees Saunders keen to see change of fortune at home

Oldham boss David Dunn. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX LTD
Oldham boss David Dunn. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX LTD

Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders believes the Spireites are due a change in fortune on their own patch as they prepare to host Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Saunders’ men have won just twice at home in the league all season, compared to five wins on the road.

And with just four points separating Chesterfield and the play-off places, Saunders has been left in no doubt just how important the points they have dropped at the Proact Stadium have been.

He said: “We’ve conceded late, late goals against Wigan, Colchester and Burton which probably cost us six or seven points and were leading against Scunthorpe until we had a man sent off and eventually lost the game.

“Against Burton, the ref didn’t give us a penalty we should have had, about which he later wrote a letter to me apologising for not having given. Burton have then gone up the other end and won it in the 94th minute.

“So when you consider where we’d most likely be in the table if those avoidable events hadn’t happened it shows that if we can get things right at home then we could be up there challenging.

“The performances have largely been good, in my opinion, there have been times where we’ve just not had the luck or we’ve let our concentration slip at crucial moments.

“We need to start winning more at home though as we want to get people here watching us and winning games helps that.”

Saunders will renew acquaintances with Oldham boss David Dunn at the Proact on Saturday, the Spireites manager having coached Dunn in his time at Blackburn Rovers.

Athletic are just above the relegation zone having had a season of huge upheaval with three separate managers at the helm, but Saunders is well aware of the threats they may pose.

He said: “They’ve been involved in a lot of tight games, emphasised by the fact they’ve drawn ten of their matches so far. They’ve only won twice but also only lost four times.

“So it could well be another tight game this weekend. David’s in his first managerial role and I know from my time as his coach at Blackburn that he’s a bubbly character and that his players will be working their socks off for him.

“We’ve had them watched a few times and I’ve seen them too and they’ve got good players all over the pitch. They have been close to winning a lot of the games they’ve ended up drawing.

“It’s a tough league and very tight too. We just need to get into a formula that gets us results. Performances are important but results are everything and we need to be getting them consistently, particularly at home.”