Dean Saunders has told his Chesterfield players, more than once, that they cannot underestimate newly promoted Burton Albion on Saturday.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s table topping side visit the Proact with a seven-point lead over Spireites.
And Saunders hopes that the Brewers’ impressive start to the season will be enough to stop his side from taking Saturday’s clash lightly.
“They’re top of the league and for them this will be a tough game, coming to Chesterfield, our players have got to make sure of that,” he said.
“I’ve told the players not to underestimate Burton because they’ve just come up from League Two.
“I’m pleased they’re where they are, there’s a danger, like last year when Chesterfield came up from League Two and everybody underestimated them and they found a lot of people out.
“There’s a danger we think we’re only playing Burton and the players turn up expecting to win, complacency can be a problem.
“But when a team is top of the league I think the players see they must be a good team to be where they are.
“I’ve said it a couple of times, but the league table does my job for me.”
There’s a balance to be struck for Spireites, however, as they won’t want to afford Hasselbaink’s men any more respect than is strictly necessary.
“They’re doing something right, they’ve got a manger who’s been in football a long time, played at the highest level.” said Saunders.
“They’ve got six wins, they’re organised, hard to beat and catching teams out on the break.
“We didn’t expect Burton Albion to be top when we played them, but they are and this game is going to be tough.
“But we’ve got some good players, lots of players who can score, and we’re not afraid of anyone.”
Saunders expects a good atmosphere at the Proact on Saturday, with the supporters relishing the chance to see their team try and knock the leaders off their perch.
“Top of the league coming is good for the supporters, and Burton have got to cope with being top every week, everyone sees them as a cup final,” he added.