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Crewe Alexandra Preview

2 October 2015

The Spireites exit a difficult September and enter October looking for a change in form with a Saturday trip to Crewe Alexandra.

Crewe - as Blackpool did on Tuesday - sit at the foot of the Sky Bet League 1 table and Dean Saunders's men will need to pick themselves up quickly to rise to the Alex's youthful challenge.

Team News

Saunders can call on striker Mani Dieseruvwe again after the former Sheffield Wednesday man completed his suspension after his dismissal at Coventry City.

On loan striker Lee Novak remains sidelined with a thigh injury that will take another week or two to heel, but the injury list is otherwise clear, with just Angel Martinez a long-term absentee due to his serious knee injury.

Crewe captain Harry Davis misses the match after undergoing minor knee surgery after being replaced in the match with Walsall last weekend.

The Alex will have a new 'keeper on the bench, with 20-year-old Danijel Nizic joining the club on loan this week from Burnley after regular back-up 'keeper Dave Richards picked up an injury in training, though Ben Garrett will keep his place between the sticks from the off.

There is unlikely to be a father versus son match-up at Gresty Road, with Saunders's son Callum nursing a knock that will likely keep the 20-year-old striker out of the side - and his father's path.

Form Guide

The Spireites have picked up just one point from their last five matches, leading up to Tuesday's defeat to struggling Blackpool at Bloomfield Road; a set of results that has seen the side drop from the play-offs spots to 17th in the table.

After losing 2-1 at home to Southend United in midweek, Crewe slumped to the bottom of the League One table, the position coming after a start that has seen just one win and three further draws.

The Cheshire side have improved of late however, with four points in their last three matches after starting the season with six losses from their first eight league and cup games.

Young attacking midfielder Ryan Colclough is one to watch for Saturday's hosts, the 20-year-old youth team graduate a constant threat going forwards since making his way into the first team squad as a teenager. 

From the Dugout

Saunders spoke at length in his pre-match press conference about the recent struggles his side have faced, and how he plans to get the squad out of it and back up the table: "There were slumps last year and there will be slumps this year where you go a few games without winning. We had a good start to the season which got us 11 points in the bag quite early.

"The supporters will know that we should have got something against Wigan, but we let it slip through our fingers, then we should have won against Colchester but even so managed to score three goals with ten men.

"It wasn't just the results but the way things happened in those two games has rocked us and the confidence in the squad a little bit.

"Things are not going our way at the minute and sometimes you have spells where you're really lucky and you know you're lucky with shots bobbling in, but those things are not happening for us at the minute.

"In the long run this spell may do us good. I'm learning more now about what's wrong with what we're doing wrong and what we're doing right."

With his son on the payroll at Saturday's opponents, Saunders knows well what he will be up against: "With their passing stats they're up at the top of the league. They are struggling at the minute for the results but they pass the ball and they all know what they're doing - they've done it since they were young.

"They've got a young squad and we have to make sure we go there and make it difficult for them to play."

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