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Caldwell: "We have to go out and give them a performance."

7 April 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell, has told his players to go out and put on a show for the club’s supporters, when they take on Port Vale at the Proact tomorrow, 3pm.

The Spireites head in to the fixture buoyed by their performance against Bolton Wanderers last Saturday, and Caldwell wants to see one point turned into three.

He said: “It’s really important, and we need to give the fans a positive front-foot performance, where they see the team attacking and also we need to win.

“Whilst we were all happy with the way we played [at Bolton], we didn’t win, we’re here to win football matches and we have to make sure the performance turns into three points.

“I think the fans have been great, the backing they’ve given the players in a difficult time has been brilliant. We have to go out and give them a performance because they deserve that.”

The performance against the second place Trotters has had a big impact on training this week, which Caldwell says has been of a very high standard.

“It’s been easier,” he said. “It’s been a lot more of a vibrant training ground. The players have had a spring in their step.

“We’ve worked on different things because every game is different, and we’ve had to prepare for what Port Vale are going to bring, and we’ve had to prepare for how we’re going to attack them.

“I’ve been really impressed by the way in which the players have trained and I look forward to seeing them tomorrow.”   

Tomorrow’s visitors head into the fixture in 18th position in Sky Bet League One, 11 points ahead of the Spireites. Though their form has been mixed of late, with only three wins coming from their last 10 matches.

Caldwell along with Coach, Steve Eyre, attended the Valiants’ defeat at Rochdale in midweek, and he’s expecting a reaction from Michael Brown’s side.

“I know the manager really well, he was a really aggressive player who had a successful career, and I think his teams will play the same way," he said.

“I saw them on Tuesday where they started pretty well, up until the sending off they were in the game, then in the second half they showed a bit of fight for the team and stuck at it. 

“They’re fighting for their lives, and every game in League One is difficult, tomorrow will be no different.”

Midfielder Jon Nolan, begins the first game of a two-match ban following his sending off last Saturday, while striker David Faupala serves the final game of his suspension. Ched Evans looks set to miss the game once again, due to an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Caldwell spoke about the decision to bring in Guy Branston as the club’s new director of recruitment and development.

Branston’s appointment was announced last weekend, and he beat off fierce competition for the role. 

Caldwell added: “We spoke to a number of people who were very interested in the job and were keen on working for this football club, so it was a very difficult decision.

“Guy has an enthusiasm for football and has a great work ethic, I’ve seen him at games when I’ve been out watching them, and he has the ability to bring in good players to this football club, in the short and long term.

“I think it’s important that somebody is doing that role. I have a lot to do in training, preparing the team and making sure everything is right for the players. So it’s important that he’s focused on players coming in and out and speaking to agents before feeding that information back to me.

“We’ve had a meeting with Guy and the other coaches, looking at targets and we’ll continue to look at that up until the end of the season and all through the summer.”

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