Chesterfield: Saunders hoping Spireites can catch Wigan on the hop

Dean Saunders
Dean Saunders

Spireites manager Dean Saunders is hopeful this afternoon may be a good time to play Wigan Athletic.

The relegated side, managed by Gary Caldwell, are favourites to bounce straight back to the Championship, chiefly as a result of £10m worth of parachute payments this season, an amount more than five times that of Chesterfield’s playing budget.

Latics are yet to pick up anything on the road so Saunders said: “We’re six games in and their manager’s still putting a team together, so hopefully we can catch them before they’re set because it’s only a matter of time before they get in their stride.

“They’ve got some really good players, but we have as well so we’ll be looking to win the game.

“It could take them two years or two months to rebuild their side, it’s a tough job.

“Obviously Wigan are a big club and they’ll bring a lot of fans with them, but our fans have been great in the last two or three home games, we can’t ask any more from them.”

It’s the first of two Proact Stadium games for Chesterfield, struggling Colchester United visit on Tuesday night, so the two fixtures give Saunders’ side a great opportunity to cement a place in the top six.