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Saunders: "We're up there, that's the main thing"

23 August 2015

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The first fortnight - and full five games - of the season are now over, and manager Dean Saunders looked back after the 0-0 Proact draw with Rochdale.

On a humid and sticky day, with intermittant thunder storms, both sides pushed and came to close, with the shares eventually spoiled. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake went closest for the hosts before the break, only 'keeper Josh Lillis's excellent reactions keeping out the Spireites striker.

Following on from Tuesday's excellent 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Town, Saunders was viewing the contest as a glass half full.

"That's the first clean sheet this season so that's good and we can learn from that,"he said. "We weren't our normal selves in the first half, playing against a good team. There's two teams out there and you've got to remember that.

"We had the run of the pitch against Shrewsbury the other night and teams are watching us and they're not going to let us just have our own way.

"Today they've come at us and Tommy [Lee] has made four great saves, their 'keeper's made three or four great saves and we could have nicked it at the end; and they could have nicked it. It was probably a really good game to watch, a good 0-0.

"That will be a good point at the end of the season because I think Rochdale are a good team."

After the hectic start to the season, Saunders now has the luxury of a free week to prepare his side and new additions Lee Novak and Angel for the trip to the capital and Millwall next Saturday.

"We've got a week free and we can work on a few things this week," said Saunders. "We've been rolling from game to game and we can't do too much. We'll just have a look at all the belts they wear and the heartrate monitors, then we can tell what today's game's taken out of them and decide what we do in training this week and how far to push them.

"We're up there, that's the main thing. It gives me the chance with picking up points to put things right. We've got three new players in the team and hopefully I'll be adding another one to that."

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