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Caldwell: "I thought we were magnificent."

2 April 2017

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell, was very happy with his team’s performance, following the 0-0 draw with high flying Bolton Wanderers yesterday.

The Spireites were the better team for large parts of the game, and Caldwell felt that on another day his team could have won.

Speaking exclusively to Player HD, Caldwell said: “I thought we were magnificent from the start of the game to the end of it, we needed every attribute to get a result against the in-form team in the league and against a crowd that was very vocal.

“In the first half, some of our play on the ball was outstanding, and then in the second half our desire and commitment was great, so I’m delighted with the players and a point was the least we deserved, as I felt we should have won with the chances we created in the first half.”

Caldwell made three changes to the team that lost their previous match with Rochdale, with Sam Hird, Dan Gardner and Connor Dimaio all coming back into the starting XI.

And naturally, the manager was pleased with their efforts.

He said: “The whole midfield was excellent, with the energy they provided, I thought we looked a real threat going forward, and defensively we were in control with what they were throwing at us.

“In the second half we tired a little bit and didn’t have the outlet that we did in the first half, but defensively we stood up to the plate, when we knew we would need it late on when they would bombard us with balls in the box and we dealt with it well.

“I said to the boys in there that I want more, the 11 starters were outstanding but we need an impact from the subs, so I’m always after more, but I’m delighted with the contribution from everyone who started the game.”

Jon Nolan was another who more than played his part in the game, breaking from midfield on more than one occasion to cause problems for the Trotters defence in the first half.

However, the afternoon would turn sour for the former Grimsby Town man, as he was later sent off for a second bookable offence. One that his manager felt the officials could have been more lenient with. 

“It’s his second booking and it was late on, and it was all hands to the pump trying to defend the long balls they were putting in,” Caldwell said.

“He was just trying to stop another one coming in and the referee could have had a word with him, and let him off with it, but the rules of the game says he has to go, so it’s a disappointing aspect only for the fact that we won’t have him next week.”

Another player to cause problems for the hosts was Joe Rowley, who picked up from where he left off against Rochdale, with another impressive performance.

Since being involved with the squad the young midfielder has earned rave reviews from the supporters, his team mates and his manager, who was quick to sing his praises again.

He said: “I thought he was one of the best players on the park, and for a young lad of 17 to come to this stadium and show that after only one game, shows the level of quality that he has. 

“I’m delighted we have him at the club and I look forward to working with him and developing him over the years because he’s going to be a great asset to the football club.”

Next up for the Spireites, is a home clash with fellow Sky Bet League One strugglers, Port Vale, and Caldwell has challenged his players to show the same level of performance displayed at the Macron Stadium in the clash at the Proact.

He added: “We have to take it forward, we’ve had spells in games where we’ve done well, but this is by far the best we’ve done.

“I’ve said to the players that it’s back to work on Monday morning and we prepare for Port Vale next week.

“On that performance there’s no way we should be where we are in the league, we have to build on that and start winning games.”  


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