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18 August 2015

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The games are coming thick and fast and three days after the match at Bramall Lane the Spireites travel to New Meadow to take on newly-promoted Shrewsbury Town.

With a win and a loss so far to start the season, another victory at Shrewsbury to build on their opening day win at Barnsley would help the side build a steady rhythm as they hunt down the upper placings in Sky Bet League 1.

Team News

Spireites manager Dean Saunders has high hopes for his new signing Ángel Martinez as his side prepare for their trip to Shrewsbury in their third League One game of the campaign. 

The Spaniard has had spells at Blackpool, Millwall and Espanyol on his CV and was capped three times each for the Spain under 19 and Spain under 21 sides earlier in his career. 

His new manager has said that Ángel, as he is known, will go straight into the squad for the Shrewsbury game and will be in contention for a starting spot, and Saunders has no other injury concerns to deal with with Byron Harrison now also fit for selection.

Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon has kept an unchanged starting 11 for the Shrews' last two games and may be tempted to do the same for the visit of the Spireites.

Form Guide

After their euphoric opening-day win against Barnsley, Chesterfield have played two, threatened lots, but lost two and Saunders will be looking for his side to turn things around against a dangerous side new to this division.

Front man Lee Novak impressed on debut at Sheffield United and is likely to partner Sylvan Ebanks-Blake through the middle again in Shropshire.

Things have improved for League One new boys Shrewsbury since their 2-1 loss to Millwall to start their campaign. Town were among the Championship killers in the Capital One Cup last week when they downed Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

In James Collins and Tyrone Barnett the Shrews have two forwards already showing strong early season form, both have two goals each already this campaign with Barnett netting the equaliser on Saturday in a 1-1 draw at Bradford City.

From the Dugout

Speaking to PlayerHD ahead of the trip to New Meadow, Saunders spoke highly of Ángel, his newest recruit.

"He's got a good pedigree and he's a good footballer," said the manager. "He understands the game and he's an experienced player, so he can only help us. 

"He can play as a holding or an attacking midfielder, because he's good on the ball, but he can also spot danger."

Saunders didn't look negatively on the loss to Sheffield United on Saturday, highlighting prolonged spells of possession and numerous chances as reasons that Spireites supporters shouldn't be overly disappointed about the defeat, and should look ahead to the next game.

He said of Shrewsbury: "It'll be a tough game. They'll be well organised under Micky Mellon, and they've got a good side so we'll give them our full respect.

The Shrews have yet to win so far but forced a draw at Bradford City on Saturday and came second in League Two last season, so will not be an easy team to beat. Saunders is confident that their strikers can come up with the goods when it matters.

He said: "We want to play attacking football, and I want us to take the game to the opposition. You're only as good as your strikers but we've got some good strikers and if we can supply them, they will score."

If you can't get to New Meadow for the match, no sweat! You can hear full live commentary of the game on Spireites PlayerHD, follow minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter or see score updates on Facebook.


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