It is always disappointing to lose to a local rival, and more so after taking four points off them last season, but I thought that we gave Sheffield United a tough time on Saturday - despite what a minority of fans were voicing around me come the final whistle, writes Chesterfield fan Jack Flintham.
First of all, bar the opening five-ten minutes of the first and second halves, the Spireites dominated large parts of possession and chances with Dan Gardner, new signing Lee Novak and Dan Jones all coming very close.
On another day we would have easily took a point from the game and we were most certainly value for it.
Secondly, it is common knowledge that we were on Saturday weak in the central of midfield, with Ollie Banks the only player with regular first team experience in that position to partner Sam Morsy.
Ollie didn’t by any means have an exceptional game but neither did he have an awful one so it was with particular bad taste that some fans decided to let out a massive cheer when he was replaced by Gboly Ariyibi.
It certainly wasn’t helpful for his confidence, I can imagine.
I hope therefore that with the recent addition of Angel Martinez to the squad that some of the pressure to fill the shoes of Jimmy Ryan will be lifted off of Ollie and fingers crossed he can progress further with his development this season.
Tuesday night’s victory was just the lift the team needed after last Saturday and it was an all round good performance.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake seems to have settled in well with his new squad and to already have amounted two league goals in three matches will be great for his confidence.
Once again Sam Morsy had a fine match and it is definitely vital that we keep him in the latter stages of the transfer window.
It was also a pleasant surprise that Saunders decided on playing the 4-2-3-1 formation on Tuesday evening. I thought that with the acquisition of Lee Novak last week that the Spireites manager was favouring the 4-4-2 formation instead, but with Ebanks-Blake up front and Novak on the wing we look a threat going forwards.
As for new signings, Dean probably needs one maybe two more.
A right back would have to be main priority with Drew not looking particularly comfortable out there and only Sam Hird for cover, we definitely need to strengthen in that position before the end of the transfer window.
If the funds are available we may also need to purchase an attacking midfielder for if/when injuries hit us through the course of the season, as we don’t seemed to have signed a like for like replacement since the departure of Gary Roberts.