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Caldwell: "I’m convinced this team is good enough to stay up."

10 February 2017

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Gary Caldwell is looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Oldham Athletic when the Spireites take on Northampton Town on Saturday.

Peter Clarke's last minute winner for the Latics left Caldwell frustrated and he's hoping to put things right at Sixfields. 

“I think they [Oldham] defended extremely well with the 10 men in the second half,” Caldwell said. “We couldn’t get round the back of them and we struggled to create anything from those situations. 

“I’ve shown the players certain things that we must be better at, 11 v 11 would have been a lot easier for us because they wouldn’t have sat in as much as they did.

“Everything we’ve done this week has been about our attacking play. We’ve touched on defending because I think you can easily forget the good that you’ve done and it can come back to haunt you.

“Our emphasis has been on attacking play, our aggression and our desire to score goals. I’m sure we’ll take that into Saturday.” 

Chesterfield have only scored one goal in their last seven league games and Caldwell believes confidence is a major factor in that, but insists one goal will completely change the picture. 

He said: “The hardest part of football is scoring goals, sometimes you go through these periods where confidence can be affected and you start to do things you wouldn’t normally do. It’s just getting back to basics and getting back to the understanding of what we want from certain players. 

“Football’s a funny game sometimes and when one goes in you might see some more freedom in the final third with that bit of swagger that you need. 

“Strikers at their best are calm and pass the ball into the net rather than snatching at it, so hopefully when that first goal comes we can see that calmness running through the team.” 

Caldwell’s opposite number Justin Edinburgh is attempting to halt the Cobblers slide down the table and after their 3-0 triumph over Coventry City on January 28, the Spireites boss is aware of the threat they pose. 

He said: “They’ll be a big danger.

“Justin’s teams are always difficult to play against, they work extremely hard, and they make you defend. 

“I had two games against Gillingham last year that were extremely difficult so I expect the same again on Saturday. 

The match at Sixfields will be Caldwell’s first in charge away from the Proact, so how will he approach the game?

“I hope our fans see a team with more aggression in the final third,” he said.

“We want to win the next game, I said it last week that there’ll be highs and lows between now and the end of the season. 

“All we can concern ourselves with is the next game, I know its and old cliché in football but it’s true, we don’t look any further afield than that but I’m convinced this team is good enough to stay up.” 

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