Chesterfield: Ex-Owls youngster aims to force his way into Saunders plans

Mani Dieseruvwe
Mani Dieseruvwe
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Former Owls striker Mani Dieseruvwe hopes his brace in the reserves against Notts County could put him in the frame for the trip to FC United of Manchester.

The 20-year-old striker headed in two and could have had a few more in the 5-3 home defeat against Notts County in a round robin cup-tie.

On the game, he said: “It was frustrating at times but getting two goals was fun but it was disappointing to concede five goals.

“We should have defended a bit better but I was pleased with my two headed goals and I should have made it a hat-trick of headers in the second half.

“I should have had more goals in the minutes I’ve played in the first team and planted the seed in the Gaffer’s mind that when he puts me on the pitch I’m likely to score but I need to keep scoring in the reserve games and keep doing well when I come on for the first team and hopefully my goals will come and with the FA Cup coming up on Monday maybe I could get my chance.

“There’s no hint yet about who may be playing so I’ll need to train well and the gaffer will pick the team based on who he think will perform and how he thinks the game will be played and who will be ready for it.”

Dieseruvwe, who started an FA Cup defeat against Burton whilst on loan at Fleetwood and also had a few minutes at the end of Spireites loss at Derby last season is learning every day off manager Dean Saunders.

He concluded: “It was a really different pre-season, none of the hard running I expected, it was all about sharpness and it took me a while to get sharp and quick and doing all of the thinks that he would have done as a striker.

“I’ve learned off him and coming into a team like this I can learn a lot more off him. Every day you need to take something off him and add it to your game.”

Saunders has been nominated for the October manager of the month award after overseeing four wins from their six matches. Their impressive run of form included a notable victory over top-of-the-table Walsall. Wigan’s Gary Caldwell, Bradford’s Phil Parkinson and Scunthorpe’s Mark Robins are also in the running for the prize.