Ex-FC United ace Raglan to put aside sentiment as Chesterfield travel to tricky FA Cup tie

Charlie Raglan: 'They're a friendly club and we'll treat them with respect'  - photo:  James Williamson
Charlie Raglan: 'They're a friendly club and we'll treat them with respect' - photo: James Williamson
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Spireites boss Dean Saunders has a simple message ahead of his side’s tricky trip to FC United of Manchester tonight.

Of the televised match at the new home of the supporter owned tier six club club he said: “We need the right attitude. I’ve got total respect for them and what they’ve done as a club.

“Now, I just need to make sure we don’t become part of their history.”

Saunders added: “I’ve been the manager of a non-league team playing a bigger team and you know you can beat them.

“In a one-off game, the players believe they can beat them but the lower down you go, the less consistent the players are.

“But if seven or eight of their players put in a nine out of ten performance, then they can win.

Spireites’ manager has a full squad, barring long term injury victim Angel to choose from including two ex FCUM players, Ollie Banks and Charlie Raglan.

Defender Raglan said: “We’ll treat them with the utmost respect, I know playing at that level that when you do get a team from a higher league you do tend to get a lot more out of every player.

“As much as it’ll be nice to go back, the emotion will go to one side once we’re warming up and thinking about the game.

“It’s a friendly football club that wants to win but they see the bigger picture and that’s why they formed having fallen out of love with modern football.

“But once I see the team sheet I’ll give some tips out that may help us get through to the next round.”

United’s manager is former Rotherham United player Karl Marginson, who’s been in that position during the club’s entire ten year history.

He has a number of players with league experience including keeper Nick Culkin, Craig Lindfield, ex-Miller Luke Ashworth and Matty Wolfenden, who was a player at Wrexham when Saunders was manager there.