SPIREITES: Dean Saunders set to shuffle the pack for Chesterfield’s Capital One cup tie at Carlisle United

Chesterfield vs Barnsley - Dean Saunders with Gboly Ariyibi - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Barnsley - Dean Saunders with Gboly Ariyibi - Pic By James Williamson
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Spireites make the long trip to Keith Curle’s Carlisle United trying to break a League Cup hoodoo.

The last eight Chesterfield teams that have gone into the competition have been knocked out at the first hurdle; not since seeing off Wolves, Manchester City and West Ham in 2006 has any Spireites side tasted success, giving Dean Saunders the opportunity to outperform Lee Richardson, John Sheridan and Paul Cook in this tournament.

The manager reported no injuries following the come from behind 3-1 win over Barnsley but he has hinted that there may be some squad rotation for the contest against League Two opposition.

Saunders will also come up against an old playing adversary at Brunton Park.

He said: “Keith Curle was aggressive as a player and he’ll be aggressive as a manager, we know what we’ll be up against, they’re a decent team and it’s a tough away trip.

“Jabo Ibehre is quick and he gets in behind your defence so we’ve got to prepare ourselves and I’ve got to decide which players to play but we’ve just got to go there and play like we did on Saturday.”

Whilst the Capital One Cup may not be the most prestigious competition in the calendar, the manager wants to progress.

Saunders said: “You want to do well in all competitions, I expect us to win the reserves league, but sometimes you’ve got to be sensible with the squad especially when it’s Saturday, Tuesday for the first ten games like we have; some players, if you push them too hard, could get injured.”

The likes of Charlie Raglan, Armand Gnanduillet, Michael Onovwigun and Mani Dieseruvwe will be hoping to get a start.

Saunders remains hopeful of adding to his squad, possibly ahead of travelling to Cumbria.

“We could still do with a defender a midfielder and possibly a winger,” he added.