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Caldwell: "I was delighted with the effort and the commitment."

22 February 2017

Spireites manager Gary Caldwell was delighted with his team after they showed their battling qualities to claim a 0-0 draw away at Millwall.

The result was secured thanks to a real team effort, with every player playing their part, and on another night Caldwell’s men could have claimed all three points.

He said: “On the balance of play it was probably a fair result. 

“But the opportunities we had second half on the counter attack, we need to be a bit more clinical.

“But in terms of our response from Saturday’s second half, the commitment, the desire I’ve seen a lot of good things tonight, things we can build on. 

“And I’ve said to the players that’s the minimum, if we give that every game then we’ve got a great chance, because you need that fight, you need that desire to keep a clean sheet.

“We just need that little bit of quality in the final third to get us a goal that will get us three points.”

Caldwell made two changes from Saturday’s defeat to Bury, with Angel Martinez and Reece Mitchell coming in for Osman Kakay and the suspended Tom Anderson.

Mitchell’s inclusion was one full of energy and he played a big part in the Spireites most creative moments, while also mucking in defensively, earning praise from his manager.

Caldwell said: “I thought everyone worked their socks off, the defence, Reece and Liam Grimshaw down the sides, as well as the forwards, and we’ve got to do that away from home. We’ve got to defend and attack as a team.

“So I was delighted with the effort and the commitment of the team.”

While a point at the high flying Lions is not to be sniffed at, the result means that Caldwell is still searching for his first win as manager. But he is confident that it’s not too far away.

“We played some good stuff,” he said. “In the second half we were getting penned in a little bit, but our counter attack threat was always there.

“In those situations your head must slow down at that point to pick the right option and finish them off, we just couldn’t do that tonight. But the signs are there, and in terms of the response from last Saturday, I couldn’t be happier.”

Chesterfield’s next fixture is at home to Oxford United on Saturday, and Caldwell wants to take the effort and performance level from the Den to the Proact.

“We have to take everything from tonight,” he told Player HD. “The desire and the commitment is the minimum from everyone, and then we need to add that quality to get goals and go on and win games.

“But it’s a fantastic point here and there’s not many teams that will come here and get that. They [Millwall] haven’t conceded a goal here since the turn of the year and they’ve beaten three Premier League sides here. 

“To come here in the position that we’re in and get a point is a great result.”

Caldwell also confirmed that Sadiq El Fitouri missed the match through illness, and will be assessed before ahead of Saturday’s game.

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