SPIREITES: Chesterfield will go toe-to-toe with Millwall - Dean Saunders

Chesterfield vs Rochdale - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Rochdale - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield will go toe-to-toe with Millwall in the Den.

That’s the message from Spireites boss Dean Saunders ahead of the trip south to take on Neil Harris’ Lions who were relegated from the Championship in May.

Since then they have had a topsy-turvy start to life in English football’s third tier, winning their first game at Shrewsbury but losing two to Coventry and Barnsley.

The two defeats, coupled with being dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Barnet, mean Millwall are yet to pick up a point in the league or cup on home soil.

But Saunders, whose Chesterfield side go in to the match unbeaten in two having collected seven points from their first four games, won’t be underestimating their opponents.

“We’ve got to go there and match them for work-rate and then hopefully our talented players come through,” said Saunders. “They’ve (Millwall) not got the results they wanted but that’s what happens when you’ve been relegated out the Championship.

“They’re trying to piece together a new team. Players might leave at the last minute, high earners leave at the last minute then you put young lads in and sometimes it can go wrong. He (Harris) needs time to put all that right, he could probably do with another four days, after our game to put it all right.”

He added: “There’s no reason any team should outwork us, we’re as fit as any team in the league now. The players can match anyone toe-for-toe work-wise and hopefully their skill shines through. You can shoot yourself in the foot if you’re not right and not organised.”

Despite this season’s home record, Millwall’s Den can be an intimidating place for visiting teams. And Saunders has ensured his players are mentally prepared for the test.

“I’ve said to the boys, just make sure you’re right mentally and that we’re focused. I’ve shown them what to expect from Millwall, we’ve had them watched and picked out bits that we will go against tactically,” he said.

“We’ve got a plan and hopefully we can go there and play with the freedom we’ve been playing with. The football we’ve been playing has been good, I’ve enjoyed watching us at the moment, we’ve been playing really well.

“We’re creating chances, I think the lowest we’ve created in a game is nine, we have a plan with and without the ball and there’s lots of in our team playing really well at the moment.

He added: “They know they can’t get carried away and they know we’ve got a good test on Saturday.”