SPIREITES: Chesterfield v Rochdale match preview - New boys set for home debuts

Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield - Angel Martinez - Pic By James Williamson
Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield - Angel Martinez - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders will be looking for his side to build on the mid-week win over Shrewsbury Town against Rochdale.

Saunders said it was the best the Spireites have played this season and will undoubtedly be wanting more of the same from his players.

The Spireites boss is likely to stick with the same eleven again, with new boys Lee Novak and Angel Martinez set for their home debuts.

Chesterfield’s Mani Dieseruvwe will miss out as he serves the last of his three-match suspension after a red card at Carlisle United in the League Cup.

Saturday’s visit of Rochdale to the Proact sees the Spireites take on a side they have enjoyed similar fortunes with over the past couple of seasons.

Following promotion from League Two, both clubs enjoyed the crest of the wave in their first season’s in League One and were in the play-off picture.

But, like they had done in the promotion campaign when they won the title, Chesterfield were the ones who held on to ride the wave in to the top six.

So, should it be any surprise, the two are battling it out once more just a few games in to the 2015/16 season, having collected the same amount of points.

The Spireites have won two (Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town) and lost one (Sheffield United) in the league and are among the top six bunch after two weeks.

Rochdale, in comparison, sit just one place above Chesterfield in the table having beaten Peterborough and Blackpool but lost on Tuesday to Walsall.

Keith Hill, Dale boss, said afterwards: “It’s difficult at this moment in time because we’re not getting the energy due to playing Saturday and Tuesday, Saturday and Tuesday. We’re trying to do everything we possibly can but one or two of the players are under performing energy wise.”

Possible line-ups

Chesterfield: Lee; Talbot, Evatt, Hird, Jones, Angel, Morsy, O’Shea, Gardner, Novak, Ebanks-Blake

Rochdale: Lillis; Rafferty, McNulty, Lancashire, Kennedy, Bennett, Vincenti, McDermott, Allen, Camps, Henderson


Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Mr Hill, not to be mistsaken for Rochdale boss of the same name, has shown the red card once already this season when officiating a game between Doncaster and Leeds in the League Cup.