Chesterfield: Setback for Spireites in player hunt

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Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders has revealed he’s had a couple of “knock-backs” in his search for new players this week.

The Spireites are in the market for two or three new faces, on permanent deals.

Saunders side face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane tomorrow and the boss said: “We’ll be at full strength, like we were when we beat Barnsley last Saturday. If we play like we did against Barnsley and create the number of chances we did at Carlisle, (on Tuesday), we’ll be all right.

Regarding the Blades, he said: “They’ll be looking to put things right after losing by four at Gillingham.

“They’ve a good manager in Nigel Adkins and he’ll have learned lessons from that and he’ll be looking to get things sorted before anything gets too bad.”

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Drew Talbot, both rested for the Capital One Cup trip in midweek, are expected to return to a side that looks certain to closely resemble the one that came from behind to beat the Reds.

Ebanks-Blake assisted twice and scored once in that game while Talbot played 75 minutes after a long spell out injured.

Only Byron Harrison (thigh) is doubtful, although Mani Dieseruvwe will miss out suspended.

Click here for the latest Spireites news Saunders was pleased with what he saw from youngsters like Dieseruvwe, Jake Orrell and Michael Onovwigun at Brunton Park, where the Spireites lost in extra time.

“I’ve always said that I’ll give young players a chance,” he said.

“Until you see them in the heat of battle, you can’t tell how they’ll do.

The manager says he will be happy to throw them into the fray again as and when needed.