Saunders still upbeat despite Gills defeat...

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Spireites boss Dean Saunders remains upbeat - despite the weekend home defeat against Gillingham.

The 3-1 reversal means Chesterfield have picked up just two points in the five home games since the opening day victory over Barnsley.

Saunders said of the Gills game: “I’d be the first to say when it’s not happening and we’re not playing well.

“I told them off last Tuesday when they hadn’t played well [at Rochdale] but on Saturday, I thought Rai Simons was excellent and the fans can see he’s a player. He scored a great goal.

“Dan Gardner played well, I though Sam Morsy and Chris Herd played really well in midfield, Charlie Raglan and Ian Evatt were excellent and the keeper’s not had a shot to save; he’s just made one mistake.

“So we had enough players playing well to have won the game, but football’s like that. I thought the referee was awful, as well, and that didn’t help either.”

The Proact side face another tough task next weekend when they visit Dean Smith’s league leaders Walsall.

The miserly Saddlers have conceded just six goals in League One, and managed another clean sheet last weekend with a 2-0 win over previous leaders Burton Albion - with Tom Bradshaw scoring one of the goals, to take his tally to nine this season.

Saunders has indicated that Lee Novak should be available again after his thigh injury, with no fresh injuries being picked up during the Gillingham defeat.