SPIREITES: Tommy Lee set to sign new deal as Tendayi Darikwa hands in transfer request

Sheffield United vs Chesterfield - Tommy Lee - Pic By James Williamson
Sheffield United vs Chesterfield - Tommy Lee - Pic By James Williamson

Spireites boss Dean Saunders took some positives from the 3-1 loss against Hull City on Tuesday.

The manager said: “I thought we played really well in the first half, we scored a great goal but we obviously organised the game knowing we were playing against a good team with Premier League players and in the second half they got on top of us, changed the way they played a bit and took the ball off us a couple of times.

“The goals were mistakes but they had other chances as well but I was please with some of the patches of play we had.

“We’re a good football team and I’ve only really put Sylvan (Ebanks-Blake) in the team, we’re not doing a lot different, we’ll just try and play up the pitch, through the thirds, and we’ve got that proven striker who can get on the end of the good moves.”

Second half subs included new signings Dion Donohoe, 21, a Sutton Coldfield Town man last term and 18 year old Jake Orrell, who made a handful of sub appearances for Gateshead in the Conference.

Saunders said of the new faces: “They’re talented young players and they got out there against Hull playing against players that they’ve probably only seen on TV before so it was good for them, gives them a bit of confidence and we can see what they can do.”

He looked forward to the next fixture with eager anticipation saying: “We’ve got Burnley on Saturday, another tough game, but we organise these fixtures knowing that they’re going to be testers for us.”

Keeper Tommy Lee’s new deal, agreed just before kick-off on Tuesday, sees him stay at the club for three more years with Lee citing Mark Crossley’s return to the Proact Stadium being a major driver in his decision to commit his future to Chesterfield.

However key defender Tendayi Darikwa is believed to have handed in a written transfer request citing a desire to play at a higher level being the major rationale. Saunders has confirmed a number of transfer bids have come in for some of his players but none match the club’s valuation.