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Caldwell: "We have to look at ourselves."

15 April 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell says that his team could not make any excuses after they were beaten 0-4 by Southend United at the Proact.

Two goals from Simon Cox along with Anthony Wordsworth and Marc-Antoine Fortune strikes condemned the Spireites to defeat, and closer to relegation from Sky Bet League One.

“It’s very disappointing first and foremost,” Caldwell told Player HD. “In the first half I didn’t think there was a lot in the game.

“We didn’t get our passing game going, but they didn’t have any chances other than the penalty – which was poor from our defensive play – and if we went in at 0-1 and with 11 men it would have given us a chance to regroup and get back into the game and have a go, but with ten men it made it very difficult.”

Midfielder Dion Donohue was shown a straight red card three minutes from the interval following a high challenge on Jason Demetriou, and Caldwell felt that there were other challenges that went unpunished.

He said: “I think there were a lot of tackles that went on, some were fouls which I didn’t think were fouls, and Dion gets hit by a bad tackle, nothing happens and he gets a straight red for a similar tackle.

“I felt the referee was poor in the first half, but we can’t use that as an excuse, we have to look at ourselves, it was a disappointment to not be able to have a go with 11 men in the second half.”

Losing Donohue made an already difficult task even tougher, and as a result the Shrimpers were able to see out the game.

On being a man light Caldwell said: “It’s hard when you’re trying to win the game as we had to leave two men up the pitch, and still have an outlet that can cause them problems. 

“We actually started ok in the second half, but when the second goal went in you could see their heads went down, and the disappointing thing was the goals after that and the way we played, we didn’t show a lot of fight and didn’t really have that desire to keep the score at two and try to stay in the game.” 

Meanwhile, Caldwell confirmed that Sadiq El Fitouri’s recent absence from the Proact will be dealt with internally.  

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