Chesterfield take on Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury side in the first game of 2016, as the two teams do battle at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
It was in August the last time these two teams met with the Spireites winning 2-1 a tthe New Meadow. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Morsy gave Chesterfield a two goal lead before Mat Sadler pulled one back late on.
Opposition boss Mellon says that he is expecting a tough encounter on Saturday after the arrival of new Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson. However, the Shrews manager is hoping his side can carry on their good run, losing just one game over the festive period.
“You always do (get a reaction) when you get a new manager in,” said Micky. “I obviously know Danny very well having worked with him for that time at Barnsley so I know that he’ll go in there and want to make a quick impact and the players will be wanting to impress him.
“All of that is there for us to compete against as well but we’ll go over there with that wee bit of momentum that we’ve started to create now and will fancy ourselves to get a result.
“It’s something we’d say to the players. Expect a bit of an upsurge in attitude as they want to impress their new manager so it’s something else that we have to be ready for and meet that challenge.”
Shrewsbury midfielder Ian Black believes there will be a buzz in the Chesterfield dressing room following the arrival of Wilson, but said his team have enough quality to cope with the Spireites.
“A new manager always brings a spark because every player wants to impress so there’s going to be a buzz in the camp," he said.
“It’s up to us to take the sting out of the game and hopefully dictate and control it from start to finish. I’m sure we’ve got enough in the squad to stop them.
“Every game is difficult but we know we’ve got enough ability in the squad to get the points that we need.
“We’re going to look at this game no different than any other one. We’re more than capable of going there and getting a result and that’s all we’re going to look for.
“We started really well on Saturday so if we can go out like that again and take the stuffing out of them and put their backs against the wall the fans might get on their back and we’ll see if they can handle it.”