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21 August 2015

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Chesterfield play their fifth game of a bustling first two weeks of the season on Saturday as they take on regular foes Rochdale at the Proact Stadium.

The sides have regularly faced each other in recent Sky Bet League 1 and 2 seasons and Dale manager Keith Hill will this time come up against Dean Saunders for the first time.

Team News

Spireites manager Saunders has a full squad to pick from, with the exception of Mani Dieseruvwe, who serves the final game of his three-game suspension after his red card at Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup.

The rest of the squad has come through a punishing four games in ten days, and after the win over Shrewsbury Town the playing members of the squad were given Wednesday and Thursday off from training to recuperate.

The match is set to act as a home bow for the two newest Spireites, Lee Novak and Angel, the pair having signed for the club last week and made their debuts at Sheffield United and Shrewsbury respectively.

Dale boss Hill is also likely to stick with a familiar side as his young side look to bounce back from their 2-1 midweek loss at home to Walsall.

Form Guide

The Spireites currently sit sixth in the league with Rochdale just above them on the same number of points, the two clubs, as last season, with little to choose between them already.

Chesterfield's impressive Tuesday night win at New Meadow was their second victory in their first three league games, and with the defeat being a touch unfortunate at Bramall Lane the mood around the Proact is confident ahead of the return home.

Rochdale have started their new campaign in fine form, winning their first three games in league and league cup action before finally coming a cropper on Tuesday, a game after which Hill complained about some of his players not showing enough energy.

Recent matches between the sides have been close and tight, the Spireites edging ahead 2-1 at home last season but losing 1-0 at Spotland, and manager Saunders was expecting more of the 

From the Dugout

Saunders is hoping the side can carry the good form into the next game, against a team he believes will provide his squad with one of their toughest tests yet.

"I've told the players that these are the teams we need to get the points off because they'll be there or there abouts come the end of the season. 

"I imagine they'll be in the top six. They're organised, work hard and they play at a good tempo so we've got to be able to attack and resist tomorrow."

The manager also hinted at a new signing, whom he referred to as a "young player for the future," and talked about the extension deals signed by two of his current squad members, Jay O'Shea and Ollie Banks.

"We've just about got the whole team on another year's contract now, and I gave them the new contracts, so hopefully they'll play for me now as well as the club. 

"It was a bit up in the air because I didn't know who was going to leave and who was going to stay, but hopefully now we've got the right players and it will make us stronger in the long run."

Keith Hill's side finished eigth last season but the Spireites beat them at the Proact and are hoping for a repeat performance in tomorrow's game to take them further up the league. Saunders knows however that his players will have to be at the top of their game if they want to earn a victory.

"They've got a good manager who knows the league and he's had the players for a couple of years."

"We're playing really well going forward but we've got to show a bit of resilience going the other way because they can throw as much back at us as we can throw at them."

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