WAL­SALL WAY TO IN­SPIRE SPIRE­ITES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

DEAN Smith’s suc­cess with high-fly­ing Wal­sall is down to pa­tience, ac­cord­ing to Dean Saun­ders, and the former Wales striker is aim­ing to repli­cate the Sad­dlers’ way at Chester­field.

The Spire­ites lost the likes of Sam Clu­cas and Ten­dayi Darikwa over the sum­mer and, un­der­stand­ably, it’s led to an in­con­sis­tent cam­paign.

By con­trast, Smith – who has been in charge at Wal­sall since 2011 – has got his play­ers fir­ing, not least star striker Tom Brad­shaw.

But Saun­ders be­lieves there is no rea­son why Chester­field can’t fol­low suit and find suc­cess, as long as his young­sters are af­forded the time to de­velop.

“It’s the same group of play­ers, Dean Smith has just had some pa­tience with them,” said Saun­ders.“They couldn’t win at some points last sea­son and he’s just stuck with them.

“This club has sold some play­ers, and we’re try­ing to go down that route where we give young lads a chance and we play foot­ball ev­ery­body likes watch­ing.

“They’re find­ing their feet and when they get to grips with it you’ll see them per­form to their po­ten­tial.”

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