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Hill: A Difficult Fixture But One We’re Looking Forward To

21 August 2015

Manager Keith Hill admits that he’s expecting a difficult match at the Proact Stadium this Saturday, but says it’s one he’s looking forward to.

Dale’s opponents, Chesterfield, have also had a positive start to the season winning two of their three league fixtures – Barnsley 3-1 and Shrewsbury Town 2-1.

The Spireites have seen plenty of change during the summer months following the departure of Paul Cook to Portsmouth, with a number of key players also leaving Chesterfield, including Gary Roberts and Tendayi Darikwa, however, Hill believes that new Manager Dean Saunders has built a very good team.

He told Dale Player: “I think Dean is a good manager. Brian Carey has gone back with him and I suppose he is his number one, number two,” said Hill.

“I think they’re a good team and they’ve got excellent players. They’ve sold a lot of players for a lot of money and it looks like Dean has invested in experience. He had already brought in Angel Martinez and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and this week he has brought in Lee Novak from Birmingham, which is a major signing in League One.

“They’ve essentially still got the same frame work. Dean might beg to differ, but they’ve got a similar framework, they work in a similar style and they’ve had two really, really good results. They were a bit unfortunate against Sheffield United, so they’re finding their feet again.

“They’ve got good players and they’re a good team. It should be a difficult fixture but one we’re looking forward to.”

The full interview is available to view on Dale Player.

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