Chesterfield: Injury boost as Spireites boss Saunders bemoans talent loss

Dean Saunders
Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders has no fresh injury worries ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Martin Ling’s Swindon Town.

Chris Herd and Lee Novak took knocks in the 3-0 midweek loss at Doncaster Rovers but both are fit to play.

The Spireites boss is clearly frustrated with how this month has gone in League One.

He said: “We’ve lost three games we shouldn’t have. We’ve not become hopeless overnight. It’s just basic mistakes we’re making, maybe because we’ve got a new defence. We’ll go out on Saturday, look to be tighter and try and win against Swindon.

“They are in the same position as us. They were brilliant last year, people saw who was brilliant for them and they came in and bought their best players, and it affects results.

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“Mark Cooper’s just lost his job. He wasn’t saying anything different to last season, but he lost his four best players.

“We’ve lost £4 million worth of players in the last 18 months. Losing your four best players can be like losing seven or eight of the others.”

Saunders is considering making changes, but is also preaching the benefits of continuity.

He added: “How long do you persevere with the same player when he continually makes the same mistake?

“The secret of coaching is keep working, keep repeating, keep to a pattern of play and keep passing and moving - repetition.”