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Caldwell: "It’s nowhere near good enough."

27 August 2017

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Chesterfield manager, Gary Caldwell, did not hide his frustration after his team let a one goal lead slip to Newport County yesterday afternoon.

Chris O’Grady’s first goal in Chesterfield colours gave the Spireites a 1-0 half time lead, before a Frank Nouble inspired Newport ran out 4-1 winners in the second half.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Caldwell said: “At half time we were totally in control, very dominant and we should have been more than one goal up, even at the start of the second half we were dominant.

“We make a silly mistake again in possession to give away the first goal and then the rest is unacceptable.

“We showed no character or desire at 1-1, the goals were too easy, the loss of the first goal affected us far too much, after that it was embarrassing and we have to hold our hands up.”

O’Grady’s goal came after a good passing move, one of a number that the Spireites put together during the first half, though they failed to add to their goal tally.

“It should have been more first half,” Caldwell remarked. “Our play was excellent and we’d worked on it for a couple of days, we caused them a lot of problems with Jordan [Sinnott] in the hole.

“I said to the players at half time that we have to punish them more and score more goals at that stage.

“In the second half we started to play second-ball football and they’re better than that than us and they started to get into the game, but in terms of the result I didn’t see it coming at half time and it’s nowhere near good enough.”

Next up for the Spireites is a home clash with Bradford City in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening, 7pm.

Caldwell has confirmed that changes will be made for the match and has challenged the players who come into the side to show what they can do.

He added: “I would think the players coming in have a chance to put a claim in for a place on Saturday [vs Coventry City].”

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