SPIREITES: Rochdale will be our toughest test yet, says Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders

Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield - Dean Saunders giving out orders - Pic By James Williamson
Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield - Dean Saunders giving out orders - Pic By James Williamson

Dean Saunders believes the visit of Rochdale will be Chesterfield’s toughest test yet this season.

The Spireites have already faced near rivals Barnsley and Sheffield United and endured long midweek trips to Carlisle United and Shrewsbury Town.

But the Chesterfield manager, whose side go in to the game having two of the opening three league matches, says Keith Hill’s Dale will be a good match.

Saunders said: “The players have been great, we look fit and strong, we’re up against a tough team tomorrow in Rochdale. They are a really good team, well organised and have a good manager.

“It’ll probably be our toughest test so far. We know all about them. We know all their players and how they’re going to play, but you never know what they’ll do on the day.

“The manager knows the league, he’s had the players for a couple of years, they play at a good tempo so it’ll be a test for us tomorrow. We’ve got to be able to attack and resist.

He added: “They will be up there. These are the types of teams we’ve got to get the points off because they will be there or there abouts come the end of the season - in the top six.

“We have to show a bit of resilience going the other way. We look good going forward but we have to show a resilience against a team that can throw enough back what we throw at them.”

In the meantime, Ollie Banks and Jay O’Shea have agreed to new deals that will see them tied to the club until the summer of 2017. While Saunders is closing in on another addition.

“I’m hoping to sign another player in the next couple of days,” said Saunders. “He’ll be one for the future. I’m trying to build for the futuere but also get us the results we need to do well this season.”