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PREVIEW: Spireites look for first win of the season against Daggers


Chesterfield welcome Dagenham and Redbridge to the Proact, still in search of their first victory this season.


John Sheridan’s side will be looking to turn things around after a disappointing start to the season.

 

The Opposition


The Daggers have made a very inconsistent start to the season, with three victories, three losses and just one draw, putting them 11th in the National League table.


The East London club found themselves in financial difficulties last season and were expected to struggle, but a takeover involving former USA and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard last September looks to have steadied the ship.


Gaffer Peter Taylor has made many signings this Summer but the departure of former Spireite Connor Wilkinson to National League champions Leyton Orient was seen as a disappointment for Daggers fans.

 

One-To-Watch


Angelo Balanta - The attacker has found the back of the net three times so far this season, making himself top scorer. The 29-year old started his career at QPR, but was released in 2014, making only 25 league appearances in seven years.


Balanta then signed for Bristol Rovers, but moved onto Carlisle United the season after. The Columbian-born attacker gained more National League experience when he signed for Boreham Wood, before making the move to Dagenham two years later.


 

Previous Meetings


Last season Tom Denton made his debut down at Victoria Road, Curtis Weston took the lead for the Spireites but Dagenham battled back and equalised with the scores finishing level.


However in the reverse fixture the Spireites managed to come out on top. Scott Boden and Jonathan Smith got the goals which allowed the Spireites to take all three points.

 

Team News


John Sheridan revealed that Strikers Tom Denton and Anthony Spyrou will not be in contention for Saturday’s game despite predicting in previous weeks they'd be back in time.

Also David Buchanan may not feature because has a knock and needs to be assessed.

 

Sheridan’s Thoughts


The Spireites gaffer has felt he’s ‘tinkered’ with the starting eleven too much in previous fixtures.


"I have got to look at myself and put a stamp on it and go with what I really think will get us results and get us a performance where we are going to win a game,” he said.


He has been very complimentary of Daggers boss Peter Taylor who is a 'top bloke and top manager' in the opinion of Sheridan.


The Chesterfield manager said that he is looking at a left sided player/ left-footed winger. He also said he has been ‘honest’ with one or two players regarding their future at Chesterfield.

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