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28 August 2015

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Chesterfield make their one and only league trip to London this season as they face Millwall and the New Den on Saturday, here's our in-depth look at the fixture.

After four games in the first fortnight of the season, the Spireites - having exited the Capital One Cup - have had a week to prepare for the trip to the capital.

Team News

Manager Dean Saunders said in his pre-match press conference that he will leave it as late as possible to determine the fitness of on-loan forward Lee Novak. The 26-year-old received a whack to the head in last weekend's home draw with Rochdale and has been assessed by the medical staff at the Proact and at parent club Birmingham City, but is hoped to be ready for the game on Saturday.

New signing Liam O'Neil is fit and ready to make his debut, if selected, after his transfer from West Brom earlier in the week. The 22-year old midfielder has a full pre-season under his belt, though has not yet played competitively this season.

Millwall have a new goalkeeper in Jordan Archer, who made his debut for the Lions last week having been released by Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, and is set to continue between the posts on Saturday.

Defenders could be in short supply for Saturday's hosts, with Shane Ferguson - on loan from Newcastle United - out with a hamstring injury and Joe Martin unlikely to have shaken off an ankle injury. New signing Carlos Edwards won't make the game as he builds up his fitness after a serious knee injury.

Form Guide

Two wins, a draw and a loss represent a solid start for the Spireites, and eyes will be wide open hoping to extend the good start against a Millwall side that have struggled at home to open the campaign.

Three home losses in league and cup have seen the New Den side concede nine goals, and it's a defence that the likes of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will be looking to probe away at. However, the defensive ship was steadied last weekend as the Lions battled their way to a goal-less draw at Glanford Park.

One player who has enjoyed a good start to the season is Fred Onyedinma, the 18-year-old midfielder impressed on loan at Wycombe Wanderers last season as they reached the play-off final in League Two and has played well back in London early this season, scoring twice in the last home match with Barnsley.

From the Dugout

Ahead of the match, Saunders discussed the luxury of having a full week to prepare for the trip to London, a week that has given the manager time to work with the new players.

"Everyone's fit, that's the main thing, and it's given us the opportunity to work on a few things in training. We've got a new player in Liam O'Neil and he's had a chance to look at what we do. Lee Novak and Angel are also picking up the structure of the team and the organisational side of things."

Having watched recent Millwall DVDs and scouted the upcoming opponents, the manager has an eye on the Lions but feels its more important for him to focus on his own squad.


"We're going to go there and play our normal game," he said. "I know what they do, I know their manager and they'll work hard like he did as a player. 

"They're quite direct in their style of play so I'll show the players here what Millwall have got and what they're up against, but I won't spend too long on it - I'll spend more time on getting us sorted and getting us organised so that we can play the same as we've been playing recently and making sure we don't take our foot off the peddle."

With Millwall famous for offering a certain type of psychological challenge to visiting opponents, Saunders knows what to expect and will be preparing his players accordingly.

"It's never easy going to Millwall," he said. "They've got their hostile fans but they've got good support as well. I wouldn't expect their players to give anything less than 100%. It won't be easy but we have to go there and try and get the three points."

If you're not able to get to the New Den then fear not, we'll be providing a whole host of ways to keep up with the Spireites. On PlayerHD you can listen to full and live commentary from the game, on social media we'll have minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter and score updates on Facebook. 

All that and the website will have the key stats throughout the game, a match report after the final whistle and reaction over the rest of the long weekend.


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