Danny Wilson expects a tough test from his former club Swindon Town on Saturday as Chesterfield host their first home game of the season.
Both sides enjoyed unbeaten starts to the league campaign last weekend before each suffered a defeat in the EFL Cup in midweek, Swindon having been taken to extra-time and penalties before losing at QPR and the Spireites falling 3-1 at Rochdale.
And Wilson, who was at Loftus Road on Wednesday, knows what to expect from the Robins.
He said: “They’re a good footballing side that can at times play some attractive stuff but at other times have a physical element to them as well. They played well against QPR the other night and there are certainly areas we can try and exploit, but it’s bound to be a good game with both sides trying to get the ball down and play.
“They had extra-time on Wednesday but I don’t think that’ll affect them too much. It wasn’t too long a journey to London and they’ll have had a rest day today so we’ll see how they are at the weekend.
“They have a lack of fear on the ball, never afraid to pass and try and score. They can give out thrashings and be on the end of them but they have a good set of young lads they’re trying to bring through.”
On Tuesday’s defeat to Rochdale, Wilson says he was frustrated to have thrown away a half-time lead.
“We got nothing from the game in the sense that we lost the tie but on a performance level the first 45 minutes was good. In the second-half we weren’t as intense as we were in the first and that contributed to us losing the goals that we did,” he said.
“It’s difficult at this stage of the season. To have a cup competition the second game into a season is very tough for any club but the competition itself suffers too further down the line, as often a few of the bigger clubs are out as it’s a lot easier for clubs to get scalps at this stage.
“If that’s what everyone wants then fine but I still think it’s a tough ask for a very strong competition to be played so early. It means the players are having to play at a really high intensity for three games a week right at the start, and that can be difficult.
“It also explains why so many players are often rested for these games given the longer term impact on your squad. I’d have made more changes if I could have done but we don’t have a big enough squad to be able to do that.”
Wilson is hopeful defender Ian Evatt will recover from a head injury picked up at Rochdale and be able to play against Swindon.