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Caldwell: "We have to be better in the final third."

4 February 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell was left frustrated, after his side suffered a stoppage time loss to Oldham Athletic at the Proact.

Peter Clarke’s header settled matters, in a match which saw the visitors play with ten men for 45 minutes following the dismissal of Anthony Gerrard at half time.

Caldwell told Player HD: “It’s really frustrating; we did a lot of things right in the game.

“When they went down to ten men I said at half time that it would be more difficult because they just sat in and hit us on the counter. 

“We found them difficult to break them down and they hit us with a sucker punch, it’s bitterly disappointing but it’s only one game and there’s still a long way to go.”

Chances were few and far between for the home side, who as you would expect had the majority of possession. 

However, they did fashion good opportunities with Dan Jones and David Faupala coming the closest to breaking the deadlock.

Attempts, which had they gone in, Caldwell believes would have set the Spireites on their way to three points.

“We have to be better in the final third, I know that,” he said. 

“We have to be more dynamic, creative and have more runners. But overall the chances that we created we should have taken one of them.

“If we do that I think we win the game, but it’s gone now, we’ll look at the positives and negatives, work hard next week and we’ll keep fighting.”

Caldwell gave debuts to new signings Sadiq El Fitouri, Liam Grimshaw and Faupala, while Reece Brown appeared as a second half substitute.

And despite the four new faces not being on the winning side, the manager was happy with their efforts.

Caldwell explained: “I thought they did excellent, all of them. 

“It’s hard to come into a club train for a couple of days, play a game and be at your best but I thought they were excellent. 

“We did do a lot of things right, it was a new formation that we’ll get better at, but there are a lot of things we can take the positives from.”

The Spireites are next in action on Saturday, February 11, when they travel to Northampton Town, a game which following today’s result has taken on greater importance. 

One that Caldwell insists his team will be ready for.

“This will hurt for a couple of days, but we come back in Monday ready to work and go again,” he added.

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