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Caldwell: "It’s another big challenge for us."

16 April 2017

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Spireites boss Gary Caldwell, says his team will be ready to make amends for the Southend United defeat, when they face Scunthorpe United tomorrow, 3pm.

Chesterfield go into the match knowing that only a win will keep their faint survival hopes alive, and Caldwell wants his players to find the form from their recent matches with Bolton Wanderers and Port Vale.

“We have to go and try to win them, that has always been the message from me to the players,” he told Player HD. 

“Friday was another big disappointment, and I’ve said to the players that they can’t keep giving us something to hold on to and throwing it back into our face, because too often we get hope from the way we played at Bolton and Port Vale and we go right back to square one, so they can’t keep doing that.

“There are three games to go where they’re all battling for their careers here at Chesterfield and in general, because people watch these games and it would be very difficult to leave this club and get a better club in the situation we’re in.”

Tomorrow’s clash with the high-flying Iron will be the second time in four days where the Spireites come up against a team looking to make the Sky Bet League One play-offs.

Caldwell said: “It’s always tough; they’re at the top of the league on merit.

“At home they’re very difficult to play against, it’s a tight pitch and they have a big home backing, so it’s another big challenge for us but we’ll be prepared, and we’ll dust ourselves down for Monday.”

Dion Donohue will miss the match following his sending off against Southend, but the manager will be able to call upon the services of Jon Nolan, who has missed the last two games through suspension.

Nolan has been a big miss in the Spireites midfield, and Caldwell is delighted to have him available once again.

He said: “We miss him, that was the frustrating thing from Bolton that we couldn’t build on that team performance because one part of the team had to come out. 

“We’ve tried to readjust with Dion in there, but with having Jon in there will give us more energy and more dynamic forward play from there.”

Youth team midfielder Charlie Wakefield is also expected to be in the squad for the match at Glanford Park, after he featured on the bench last time out. 

Wakefield has impressed many with his performances for the reserves and youth team this season, and Caldwell sees him having a big future at the club.

He added: “I’ve seen a lot of quality and hunger from him to be involved, he’s been great in training with the first team and hasn’t looked out of place along with Jack Brownell as well. 

“They’ve both been excellent and have a big future at the club along with Joe Rowley. So that’s a positive that we have, the young players that are going to affect the club in the future.”

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