SPIREITES: Dean Saunders tasked with solving Chesterfield puzzle

Blackpool vs Chesterfield - Brian Carey and Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
Blackpool vs Chesterfield - Brian Carey and Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield will look to stop a sequence of five games without a win when they travel to bottom side Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to Blackpool - a win that lifted the Seasiders off rock bottom in League One - was the Spireites’ third defeat on the trot.

It has seen them slip from a top six spot at the end of August to the lower regions of mid-table in the space of a month, and Dean Saunders admitted he’s got a puzzle to solve.

The Chesterfield manager said: “We’ve got to get up off the floor.

“We’ve got Crewe on Saturday and no time to think, we’ll have to move on. It’s a puzzle I’ve got to try and resolve.

“We’re only ten games in to the season. We’re not in massive trouble, we’ve just got to put a run of results together - which we’re capable of doing.”

The Spireites suffered an early blow at Bloomfield Road when Mark Cullen gave Blackpool the lead inside two minutes before Brad Potts doubled their advantage midway through the second half.

“We are disappointed,” he said. “But, having gone a goal down after two minutes from what we thought was a foul on Sylvan (Ebanks-Blake) on the edge of the box, it was the worst possible start we could have had.

“We’re then trying to chase the game. We saw a lot of the ball in the middle third. We didn’t really do enough with it. We gave the ball away and got caught on the break a couple times.

“I wasn’t happy at all with the way things were going in the first half. It was a little bit powder puff at times so I brought Armand (Gnanduillet) on in the second half, played two up and got the ball up quicker.

“We were much better second half and we just got done on the counter attack when we looked like we were getting back in the game. We’ve missed chances again, we’ve missed chances to score.”

Saunders’ side must dust themselves down now for a trip to Gresty Road to take on a Crewe side that moved to the foot of the table after a 2-1 midweek defeat to Southend United.

He added: “The players never gave up. They kept going in the second half and we had chances to score again but we didn’t take them. Second half was much better.

“We’ve lost 50 per cent of the team, it’s a new team, it’s no coincidence that the two teams at the top of the league have been together the longest.

“Burton are up there for a reason, because they’ve been together a long time, and you need that sort of stability at the club. We’re in the middle of that right now.”

The defeat followed a last gasp loss at home to Burton Albion. More Spireites inside.