SPIREITES: Dean Saunders admits Chesterfield have their hands full trying to keep hold of Sam Morsy

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Dean Saunders says all his Chesterfield players came through the midweek win at Shrewsbury Town unscathed.

The Spireites praised the contributions of Mal Purchase and the staff for getting the players ready for the rigours of a League One campaign.

Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Shrews was Chesterfield’s fourth game in ten days and Saunders was pleased with what he saw from his squad.

He said: “I’m really pleased with the football we played and the chances we created. They were all magnificent. We had to dig in a bit and had to be a bit more cautious.

“We gradually worked our way in to the game and cut through their midfield. I don’t think they had a shot until the 75th minute. It was a credit to the lads - we kept the ball really well.

“There were some good moves, some good chances created and we probably should have had six or seven.”

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Morsy scored the goals for the Spireites before Mat Sadler set up a nervy finish for the visitors.

“That was the best football we’ve played. It was controlled and we were patient, especially around the box. We never crossed the ball in to open spaces, we looked to pick someone out.

“We moved the ball from side to side and made chances and we really have got to put most of those chances away that we’re making,” said Saunders. Angel Martinez made his full debut following his capture and Saunders added: “He got through the game and got on the ball. Defensively he was in the right place. Sometimes if you stand in the right place you haven’t got to make a tackle. I was pleased with him.

“Sammy’s getting forward now and looks like scoring. We’ll have a job keeping hold of him. We’re trying. He hardly gave the ball away all night.”