Father v son clash for Dean Saunders as Chesterfield head for Crewe?

Dean Saunders, Chesterfield F.C.
Dean Saunders, Chesterfield F.C.

Manager Dean Saunders knows he could come up against his own son, Callum, tomorrow when Chesterfield travel to League One bottom club Crewe Alexandra.

Striker Callum (20) came through Crewe’s legendary youth system to make the first team last year as well as turning out for the Welsh U19 squad.

He will be hoping to shake off a knock in time, having made one appearance so far this season.

Callum Saunders made his debut on the opening day of last season at Fleetwood and a full debut away at Sheffield United in the FA Cup, ending the campaign with six appearances.

“Obviously my lad plays for them. So I won’t be asking him anything,” dad Dean smiled

“I don’t know what he’ll say to me. But if he scores a goal – don’t speak to me.

“He might not be involved as he has been injured. But if he does play and scores, I won’t know what to think.”

It will be the second time in succession that Chesterfield have been away to the bottom side after Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Blackpool, but the manager is paying no attention to the league this early.

He said: “I don’t think the table means anything right now.

“Look at Colchester. They couldn’t win a game and they’ve just got 16 points in three weeks. Blackpool were in the Premier League two or three years ago and they’ve just bought four players.

“They have spent a load of money on four players and we are expected to go there and beat them 4-0? I don’t think so.

“I think we’ve played nine of the top 11 at the start of the season, so it was never going to be easy for us.

“So I won’t look at the league table to be honest as if Blackpool win again tomorrow they will probably be halfway up the league.

“If you win three games right now, nine points can take you up probably 10 places. We have got to give Crewe total respect - I know, I’ve watched them.”

On his squad availability, he added: “Apart from Angel Martinez and Lee Novak, I think we should be at full strength.

“Obviously they are two key players that I brought in as pieces of the jigsaw to replace the boys that left. They are a loss but we have other players we can play.

“We’ve played Saturday/Tuesday. So I have to take that into consideration for Saturday and look at the players and see if anyone looks mentally jaded or jaded and I might leave them out. But at the moment everybody looks all right.”