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Caldwell: "It's going to be a busy summer."

23 April 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell, says that he’s expecting a high turnaround in players, following the Spireites relegation from Sky Bet League One.

Caldwell indicated in his pre-match press conference that many of the players will be playing their last games for the club, with a large number of the squad out of contract at the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Player HD, Caldwell said: “I’ll speak to some of the people next week, then after preparing for the next game I’ll speak to more players and then start working on targets for next year.

“We need to get lots in, it’s going to be a busy summer, myself and Guy Branston (head of recruitment and development) are working hard on that, and we’ll keep working hard to get the players in and turn the squad around.”

Caldwell’s side rounded off their home campaign with a 1-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic yesterday, with the visitors scoring through Jake Forster-Caskey and Ricky Holmes. Reece Mitchell pulled a goal back in the last minute, before Thorsten Stuckmann saved a Forster-Caskey penalty.

“I thought the game was a nothing game,” Caldwell said. “With our fate being sealed and Charlton being in mid-table there was no real spark to the game and it was a pretty poor game for both teams.

“In the second half we played a lot better, and had other chances before we scored that we should have done more with, but overall I thought it was a poor game.

“It takes us too long to get to where we need to go, we don’t play forwards quick enough and don’t see the forward pass and when we do it and get into the final third there’s nothing that really happens. It peters out when we should be having more efforts on goal, corners or more attacking play.”

There were two changes made to the starting XI with Mitchell and Jon Nolan coming in for the injured Rai Simons and David Faupala, who dropped to the bench.

“Jon gives us great energy with and without the ball, wins tackles and carries the ball forward for us and I thought he did that well,” Caldwell explained.

“And in Reece I wanted a bit of an outlet on the wing to give us some attacking play, and in the first half he had spells where he did ok, but in the second half he went a bit quiet. His effort was there, but he has to improve from this performance and build from it.”

Caldwell also praised the impact of goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann who dived to his left to save a late penalty, his third penalty save since arriving at the club in February.

“He’s been fantastic; he makes great saves every week,” the manager said. 

“For the penalty the save, he works hard on that in training with the goalkeeper coach, Matt Duke, and it’s paying dividends for us. He’s been a big player for us.”

The Spireites players thanked the fans for their support over the course of what has been a disappointing season at the end of the match, and the manager once again asked the fans to stick with the team, as they bid to come back stronger next term.

“They’ve got to stick with it, there’s no point getting on top of the players when their confidence and belief is low,” he added.

“I’m sure that we’ll turn it around and hopefully next time we’re walking around in celebration.”

The 2016/17 campaign finishes next Sunday for the Spireites, when they travel to League One champions Sheffield United, with Caldwell challenging his team to go and spoil the Bramall Lane celebrations.

“We want a performance and a result, we’ll prepare as normal this week. 

I’m looking forward to the game, it’s obviously a big game for them and we want to go there and spoil their party,” he added.

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