SPIREITES: FA Cup still holds strong memories for Chesterfield boss

Dean Saunders.
Dean Saunders.
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For Dean Saunders, the FA Cup still holds a special place in his heart.

The Chesterfield manager is putting the finishing touches to his preparations for this evening’s trip to FC United of Manchester in first round of this year’s competition.

FC United fans are known for their passion

FC United fans are known for their passion

However, when speaking to the press before the game Saunders revealed he still has a lot of time for the world’s oldest cup competition - which he lifted as a player for Liverpool in 1992.

“I played for 20 years, won the FA Cup once and got knocked out 19 times,” Saunders said.

“It’s still the best thing I’ve ever won though, because it was the first thing that I won.

“Everybody gets knocked out apart from two teams at the end though.”

With regards to the Spireites’ season so far, Saunders refuses to read too much into results - even a third of the way through the campaign.

He said: “We had a good start and then we had a sticky patch.

“We lost a few games that we should never have lost.

“Otherwise, we’d be seven points better off.

“We’re going along nicely and I’ve never got too down in the dumps when we had a bad spell.

“I also don’t get too carried away when we’re doing well.

“I’m working as hard as I can to get a team the supporters can be proud of.”

In terms of team news, Saunders confirmed that both loanees Richard Wood and Lee Novak are available to play, with no new injury worries to contend with.

Kick-off is 7.45pm and the game is being screened live on BT Sport.