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Caldwell: "We have to be ready for the fight."

27 February 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell insists that he has full confidence in his players, to get the club out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.

The Spireites travel to Walsall tonight (7.45pm) looking to halt a run of eight games without a win, and Caldwell’s men are not throwing in the towel just yet.

He said: “It’s a challenge, but we well keep giving everything until it’s mathematically impossible. I’ve been in far worse situations as a player and came out of it with a positive outcome, so in no way are we giving up this fight. 

“They’ve been fantastic in their approach to training and what we’re trying to implement. As bad as it feels in football it can turn very quickly and we have to keep that belief for Tuesday night.

“I’ve total belief in these players, and I’ve said that from day one. I maintain that the level of quality you need to have success in League One is in that dressing room.

“We must find consistency within that, so I still maintain belief in them, they still maintain belief in each other and now it’s about going out and showing it on the pitch.”

Saturday’s home defeat to Oxford was frustrating for all parties, and Caldwell looked to clarify comments he made in a post-match interview.

“I think that anyone who knows me knows that I’m honest and I’ll give my opinion, and what I needed to say was that we needed people to get behind the players,” he said. 

“We needed the fans to get behind the players, there’s too much negativity surrounding this football club, and we need everyone to pull in the same direction.

“I accept that it isn’t good enough, I came out and said that after the game, but I need more from the fans to get behind them, to keep encouraging them – that’s what I’m trying to do, and we need their help in that process.

“You see that with every club that has success, the fans are a part of that, and we need our fans more than ever. In a crisis you need people to stick together and rally round each other, and we need our fans.

“I understand their frustration, I’m frustrated, the players are, and we’re going to work hard to get them back on side, and win games of football and get them coming back to the Proact and enjoying watching their team and having a pride in their team.”

Tonight’s opponents Walsall sit in 12th position in League One, and the trip to the Banks’ Stadium will be no easy task, with the Saddlers having won their last four home league games.

On Walsall, Caldwell said: “I went to watch them live - which is something I like to do as I feel I know them better – against Bury and they had a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ performance on that day.

“First half they were poor, 2-0 down, but second half they got 3-2 up and conceded late in the game. 

“So it’s a typical League One game where, we have to be ready for the fight. We have to match their intensity; we have to deal with the home crowd that they have.

“But I believe we can beat anyone on our day if we get our consistency in our performance.

“You have to keep believing in your work, it only takes one result to turn your season around and we have to keep working for that.”  

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