SPIREITES: Saunders wary of FC United of Manchester threat in FA Cup tie

Dean Saunders.
Dean Saunders.

Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders isn’t taking FC United of Manchester lightly.

The Spireites chief takes his men to Broadhurst Park on Monday night for a televised first round FA Cup clash.

Saunders, who won the cup as a player with Liverpool in 1992, insists his players must show respect for Karl Marginson’s sixth-tier side.

“I’ve been the manager of a Conference team playing the bigger teams and you can beat them,” Saunders said.

“The players believe they can beat them, on a one-off game.

“The lower down you go, the less consistent the players are.

“But that doesn’t mean they can’t put in a nine out of ten performance.

“And if they (FC United) get seven or eight of them playing at that level on the day, then they can win.

“I’ve been on the receiving end of it so I’ll be emphasising to the players that on the mental side of it, we must turn up.

“We need the right attitude.

“I’ve got total respect for them, and what they have done as a club.

“Now, I just need to make sure we don’t become part of their history.”

Meanwhile, Saunders admits he isn’t too disappointed at being overlooked for the Sky Bet League One manager of the month award.

The gong was handed out to Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins after his team won five out of six in October.

Despite the snub, Saunders added: “If you go undefeated throughout the month, then well done.

“You get enough criticism as a manager, because as soon as you pick a team there’s eight thousand people on your back and not all of them agree with you.

“When you do get a bit of praise then it’s well done to everybody.”

Monday’s match is live on BT Sport.