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Caldwell: "It’s up to me to bring more out of them."

20 February 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell is looking for his side to display a stronger mentality when they travel to the Den, to take on Millwall tonight (7.45pm).

Caldwell’s side saw a 1-0 half time lead slip away against Bury on Saturday, with the Shakers scoring twice in the second half to emerge 2-1 winners. 

And the manager wants his team to be better in those situations.

He said: “In football we concentrate on formations, tactics and technical ability, but really the game is played in your head. And that is the most important part of any footballer.  

“Top teams are top teams because their mentality is stronger than others, they have good players, don’t get me wrong they have good players, but the very best have the best mentality and we have to work on that and find a way to get that. It has to be our focus in the coming weeks.”

The Spireites head into tonight’s fixture in 23rd place in Sky Bet League One, with just one win in their last ten games. 

And displaying the mentality that he wants to see in his players, Caldwell was adamant that his team can get out of trouble. 

“I said before the game that there’s still a long way to go,” he said. “We’re in a difficult position, but we know what we have to do to get out of it, we have to keep working and stick together.

“It’s easy in these moments to start pointing fingers and the squad to show disharmony, but I’ve not seen any of that. 

“I’ve seen a group of players that are giving their best and it’s up to me to give more and bring more out of them. And I’ll keep working to do that. And I still have 100% belief that this team will stay in the division.”

Tonight’s opponents head into the fixture in the midst of a 13 game unbeaten run, and will be further buoyed by knocking Premier League champions Leicester City, out of the FA Cup at the weekend.

But while Caldwell is aware of the task facing his team, he believes that they can come out of it on top. 

“It’s a very difficult place to go, I’ve been there a few times and it is a hard place to play football, the crowd make it difficult for you,” Caldwell said.

“But they’ll be flat, their energy levels will be low, make no mistake about that. When the adrenalin wears off and the energy wears out, we will have more energy than them.

“So it’s going to be a difficult game for them.”
Dion Donohue, Ched Evans and Jon Nolan will all miss the game through injury, while Tom Anderson is suspended for the clash subject to an appeal.

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