Chesterfield boss Saunders relishing return to the Keepmoat

Flashback to Dean Saunders' arrival at Doncaster Rover  with then chairman John Ryan.
Flashback to Dean Saunders' arrival at Doncaster Rover with then chairman John Ryan.

Spirites boss Dean Saunders is considering shaking up his side in a bid to find some consistency as they prepare for the return to his former club Rovers.

With an eye on the concessions the team has made in the last couple of games, the manager could start with a reshuffle in the back four.

He said of the goals conceded: “We shouldn’t have lost against Oldham, we shouldn’t have lost at Port Vale, so we’ve now got two games this week, Tuesday and Saturday, to put things right.

“If we get six points, it’s not too bad but we’ve got to keep on working on the training pitch on the things that are costing us and if players don’t get it, I’ll have to give some of the others a chance.”

Saunders said he enjoyed his time as Rovers manager and is looking forward to his first return to the Keepmoat: “I left them on good terms, at the top of the league and they went on to win League One; some of the players I brought in are still there and some have moved on to bigger clubs and I enjoyed working there. The owners were great with me, the fans were good to me, it’s a great club.

Whilst being frustrated with the goals conceded at Vale Park , Saunders was both complimentary and critical of his team’s play further up the park. He added: “I was pleased with the spirit of the players, they fought, they never gave up and we passed the ball well, some of our football was brilliant.

“But it’s no good entertaining the crowd and letting three goals in and not taking the chances you create or wasting your crosses. Our final ball into the box wasn’t good enough so we’ll be working on that before going to Doncaster.”

Saunders will be hoping Mani Dieseruvwe recovers from the virus that caused him to miss the Vale trip whilst scorer off the bench, Rai Simons, could be rewarded with a start with league ever-present Dan Gardner under pressure.

Defenders Drew Talbot and Charlie Raglan will be hoping for a recall in the light of the backline shipping five goals in the last two games.