Angel Martinez says Chesterfield fear no-one ahead of the Spireites’ League One clash at Millwall.
Dean Saunders believes his side go in to Saturday’s match at the Den in good form following a win at Shrewsbury Town and a goalless draw at home to Rochdale.
Chesterfield have had seven days to prepare for the trip, following no midweek involvement in the Capital One Cup, and will hope to frustrate Neil Harris’ Lions.
Angel, who made a handful of appearances for Millwall last season in a campaign that ended with relegation from the Championship, believes the Spireites are full of confidence.
He said: “We go to the Den with no fear to try and get the points. We have the quality to win. I want to look after my Chesterfield team-mates, I know we are a very good team and we don’t fear anyone.”
“I still have good relationships with people there. It will be a special day for me but my team is Chesterfield and we go there hoping for the win. It will be nice to see some old friends.
“It was hard last season, I picked up a couple of injuries that didn’t help my fitness, it was nothing serious but I did lose that rhythm. We started losing, changed the manager but there were some positives.
“The people there are wonderful. When I signed for Chesterfield I received many text messages from team-mates and staff from there and that means a lot to me after being there for nine months.”
He added: “The atmosphere at the Den is unbelievable but it can be pressure for the home team. If you don’t use it the right way it could be difficult and that’s what we’ve got to try and do - get the pressure on them.
“We want to get the first goal and use that pressure. For an away team you know that the away supporters are with you. It wasn’t the best last season, the fans were frustrated with the way the team were playing.
“The results were disappointing and when you were there you didn’t feel comfortable. You felt the pressure. We know they’re not getting the results they want and we have to use that to our advantage.”
Following two 90 minute performances against Shrewsbury and Rochdale, Angel says he has used this week to get in extra gym work to get himself prepared.
“This week I’ve had some gym sessions and really enjoyed it,” he said. “It was a good session and is the only way to get better, by training well. I’m feeling good and ready for Saturday.
“Shrewsbury was hard because I didn’t have any pre-season. I was training one day and then played 90 minutes, I was not expecting it, but I’m feeling better and getting better every day.”