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Carlisle United Capital One Cup Preview

11 August 2015

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Fresh from their season-starting win over Barnsley on Saturday, Chesterfield are rapidly thrust back into action as they aim to get a Capital One Cup run going away at League Two side Carlisle United.

The 3-1 weekend Tykes win could not have been a much better start to the season for the Spireites and their new manager Dean Saunders, his side able to turn their promising pre-season form into three opening day points at a bouncing Proact Stadium.

With next Saturday's much-anticipated match at Bramall Lane on the horizon, Chesterfield must first switch their attentions to their first cup opportunity of the season as they make the long, scenic trip to Cumbria to take on Carlisle United.

Team News

The Spireites came through Saturday's Proact match without any new injury concerns, but it remains to be seen whether right-back Drew Talbot - who played 75 minutes against his hometown club at the weekend - will be asked to take part in the match as he continues on his return to full match fitness after his pre-season hamstring injury.

Striker Armand Gnanduillet could push for a first team start after his energetic substitute's appearance against Barnsley and some impressive displays in pre-season.

Carlisle similarly played their 90-minute opener on Saturday without suffering any injury blows and will be looking forward to a chance to scalp a team from the division above in the league cup first round.

The Spireites defence will have to contend with experienced strike duo Jabo Ibehre and Derek Asamosh, who between them have over 25 years of career experience looking to unlock opposition defences with power and pace.

Form Guide

After five wins out of six in pre-season, the Spireites were a goal down after four minutes on Saturday but thrilled the home crowd with attacking play that eventually saw them claim the spoils with a 3-1 win.

However, Chesterfield have little form in the Capital One Cup, not winning a tie in eight years. Last year the Spireites came close to knocking out Championship side Huddersfield Town, but despite leading 3-1 they were eventually downed 5-3 after extra time by the determined Terriers. 

Carlisle got started in the league with a creditable 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town, debutant Ibehre levelling on the stroke of half time to claim a point for the Cumbrians.

United manager Keith Curle said before their season starter at Field Mill that he wants his side to entertain this season, but that his charges must also make sure that they are well-aware of how to win matches.

From the Dugout

Ahead of Tuesday's encounter, Saunders told PlayerHD that he knows what he expects from his squad as well as being well-placed to anticipate his opposition's approach.

"We've got to go out there and play like we did on Saturday," said Saunders. "Keith [Curle] was a good player, a really good player, and he'll be determined. He was aggressive on the pitch when he played and he'll be aggressive as a manager.

"We've had them watched so we know what we're up against and they're a decent team so we'll have our hands full. It's a tough away trip, Carlisle away is never easy."

With the Capital One Cup clash wedged between two big local Sky Bet League 1 starters, Saunders knows that managing his squad's fitness is key, though he plans to give every respect to each competition the Spireites are entered into.

The manager said: "We want to do well in all competitions really and even the reserve league I'm expecting us to win that as well. Sometimes you have to be sensible and utilise the squad and to play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday for ten games like we've got isn't good for some players and if you push them too hard they may get injured.

"You have to try and read the situation but that can be difficult though, sometimes you give the wrong impression out to everyone if you don't put out your strongest team; but if you do put out your strongest team and a couple of them get injured then it's your fault. I have to try and get the balance right."

Spireites fans can keep an ear and an eye on the action in Cumbria by listening to full-match live commentary on Spireites PlayerHD, by following minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter or by checking for score updates on Facebook.

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