As Chesterfield prepare for a trip to Shropshire to take on Shrewsbury Town, Spireites boss Danny Wilson doesn’t believe the last meeting between the two teams will hold much sway this time around.
A 7-1 taming of the Shrews at the Proact Stadium in January gave Wilson’s men a morale-boosting victory in their efforts to claw away from the drop zone, in a campaign that saw both sides fighting for League One survival.
The Chesterfield manager believes it will be a different story this season, for both clubs, after seeing his side claim seven points from their opening three league fixtures and Saturday’s opponents rebuild their squad in the summer.
“It was the start of our recovery in one respect,” said Wilson. “It gave us a bit of confidence that game, so we’ll not forget it, but we can’t rely on it for anything other than good memories.
“If roles were reversed I wouldn’t even talk about it to the players. It’s pointless reliving it or revisiting it. Half of that team won’t be playing and it’s the same with us.”
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Shrewsbury, under the guidance of Micky Mellon - Wilson’s no.2 in his second spell at Barnsley, have had an “overhaul” of players since last season and are yet to register their first league win of the new campaign.
But the Spireites boss is under no illusions how hard the task ahead will be for his side.
“It’ll be a tough game,” said Wilson. “When Micky gets it going they’ll be one of the teams challenging in my view.
“They’ve got that many good players in the squad that they’ve managed to bring in to the club, when they settle down and the season is in full swing I expect them to be picking up results.
“They’ll be looking at us and know that we’re very confident. When that first win eludes you and it’s been three or four games there’s a little bit extra pressure. Players will be a little more tight.
“Players might not play with the freedom they might if they’d have had two or three wins. We’ll go there very relaxed in terms of our football, hopefully we can catch them on the back foot.”