Difficult decisions for boss after Spireites win...

Brian Carey, left, and Dean Saunders
Brian Carey, left, and Dean Saunders
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Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders must decide whether to change a winning team tonight, when his side host in-form Southend United at the Proact.

The Spireites beat league leaders Walsall at the weekend and reported no fresh injury worries, with Drew Talbot, Chris Herd and Lee Novak all getting valuable minutes under their belts.

“Drew looked like he’d never been away and Chris is getting stronger,” assistant manager Brian Carey said.

“He’s a born winner who was celebrating at the end of the Walsall game as though it was his debut in a winning team in the Premier League.

“It was good to have Lee back, he’s had a few injury issues, but we see his partnership with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake as a very good one.

“The two worked very hard at the weekend.

“With three games in eight days, it’s a tough decision whether to go with the same team and possibly risk more injuries or rest players with next Saturday in mind.”

That said, it would be a surprise if there are any personnel changes as Chesterfield seek to take their away form into their home games.

The win at Walsall was their fourth away win this season - no League One side has won more games on the road - and Carey added: “We need to start seeing those results at home. We’ve been close to winning three more games here but lost out to late goals.

“Conceding late at Walsall, but holding on for a 2-1 win, may be a good thing as it proves the side can hang on in pressure situations.”

A win for Spireites would take their 14 game tally to 20 points; after 14 games under Paul Cook last season, they had 19.

That was deemed a more than satisfactory start to the campaign; such is the fine-line between success, real and perceived, in football.

Phil Brown’s Shrimpers have won six of their last seven games, but the newly promoted Essex side have taken to their new level well after a slow start.