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Opposition Eye: Walsall

11 March 2016

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Walsall are the Spireites' opponents on Saturday as the two sides meet for the fourth time this season, and interim manager Jon Whitney has told Chesterfield to be ready for a battle.

The Saddlers are without a win in six games but still remain in the hunt for promotion, sitting fourth in the league, five points off the automatic spots. 

Whitney is taking over first-team affairs after the parting of ways with Sean O’Driscoll last weekend, and the Walsall head has said that his side will be raring to go. 

He commented: “If we can get our game plan right and our work ethos, then it will be a hell of an opposition to try and stop us. We’ll respect Chesterfield but they’ve got be ready for a battle on Saturday.”

The Spireites have already beaten Walsall in the league this season in a 2-1 away victory back in October, but the Sadllers were victorious in the FA Cup, winning the replayed tie between the sides on penalties. 

Whitney believes his side can set out to frustrate Chesterfield on Saturday, but is looking forward to meeting Danny Wilson, as the two managers battle it out. 

Talking to the Walsall press, he said: “It’s ironic that we’re playing Chesterfield again - I feel like I know their players better than I know my own family!” 

“Danny’s come in and they’ve got a bit more confidence now. He’ll be over there now thinking ‘Whits has come in, will there be a bit of a change?’ 

“I love the fact I’m competing with him. I want my players to enjoy and revel in the fact we’re going into battle again for this game and we’ll be doing our utmost to upset their game plan. 

Walsall captain Adam Chambers is hoping his side can turn around their barren run starting with a win against Chesterfield. 

He said: “We know it’s not going to be an easy game but we’ll be looking to try to impose ourselves and get the win.” 

However, the midfielder is expecting a different game to the three previous ones this season: “Teams are playing for a lot now at this stage of the season and I think they’ve changed a little bit since we last played them. 

“We’re focused on this Saturday and we’ll be looking to try to perform and win the game. We’re confident if we perform to the best of our ability we can do that.”

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