Chesterfield: Angel in frame for Spireites debut

Dean Saunders
Dean Saunders

Chesterfield new boy Angel is in contention for a start at Shrewsbury Town this evening.

The 29-year-old former Espanyol and Blackpool central midfielder, who has signed a two-year deal, has been keeping himself fit since leaving Millwall in the summer. Angel trained with the squad yesterday and indicated he’s ready to play and is excited at the prospect.

“I need the ball like I need my family, and Chesterfield looks like a family place,” he said.

The Spaniard could come in to play alongside Sam Morsy, meaning Ollie Banks may make way, while winger Gboly Ariyibi also pressed his claims for a start with a busy appearance off the bench in last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

With Lee Novak also bedding in to the squad, the strength of the first 11 is looking greater than a few days ago and boss Dean Saunders has indicated he still wants a player who can play “anywhere across the back four”.

Only the suspended Mani Dieseruvwe is absent from the Spireites squad.

Micky Mellon’s promoted Shrews lost their home opener against Millwall but then won in the Capital One Cup at Blackburn Rovers before earning a point at Bradford City on Saturday.

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Strikers Jim Collins and Tyrone Barnett have both scored a couple of goals each ahead of a diamond-shaped midfield, a change from last season’s 3-5-2 favoured formation for Mellon.

Home-grown defender Connor Goldson has been Shrews’ outstanding player of late in a team that also includes ex-Rotherham United players Mat Sadler and Martin Woods,

The latter also appeared for Doncaster under Saunders.

Their skipper is former Barnsley midfield man Liam Lawrence.

The Spireites have lost just one of their six trips to Shrewsbury this century and will be hopeful of picking up their first travelling rewards of the League One campaign.