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Caldwell Reflects on Positives in Final Game

30 April 2017

Gary Caldwell spoke of the positives that the Spireites can take from the narrow 3-2 defeat to Sky Bet League One winners Sheffield United.

The Spireites twice drew level with the Blades, but succumbed to defeat following a red card to Dan Gardner and Caldwell reasserted his view that the side can mount a promotion challenge next term. 

“It was an excellent performance from start to finish,” the Scot began. “But too often, as has happened this year, the fine margins went against us and that is something that we have to improve on if we want to be winners next year.

“In terms of our approach to the game and the work that we did during the week, the players carried it out so well, and even with ten men created chances and showed that desire. 

“You need that desire if you want to be successful and it has given me something to hang onto for next season and I know that with a rebuild in the summer and a full pre-season that this club will be back.”

The 35-year-old said that he will work to improve the side’s consistency, but insisted that he has seen enough during his short time at the club to know that they can be successful. 

He continued: “I think we have had performances since I have been at the club, but they have been too little and not enough, we have to get a consistency into our game. 

“Week in, week out, we need to know what our jobs are and then we can get results and that is what you need to do to be successful. Sheffield United have done that and we haven't and we have to build to create that in the summer.”

A busy transfer window lies ahead at the Proact and the former Wigan Athletic boss  is confident that both he and his team will get recruitment right and hit the ground running next season. 

“We want good requirement and a good pre-season so that fitness levels are high and spirits are high so that we can go into the season with momentum and build on that. I am very confident that I can achieve that here and I am looking forward to the challenge. 

“My message to supporters is to be patient,” Caldwell added. “It is never easy to get transfers done because there is a lot that needs to come together. 

“What I will tell them is that we are all working extremely hard in the football club Myself, Guy Branston, Ashley Carson and Steve Eyre are all putting time and effort into watching players and speaking to players to make sure that we have the right team next year to give us success.”