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Caldwell Ready for Proact Bow

20 January 2017

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New Spireites boss Gary Caldwell says that his players have had a good three days on the training pitch, and are more than ready to take on AFC Wimbledon at the Proact tomorrow (3pm).

The match will be his first in charge, and Caldwell has been impressed with the squad’s attitude and ability since his arrival.

“It’s been great; the players have been fantastic,” he said 

“The standard that they’ve shown and the quality has been great, and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and seeing if we can put a some of the work we’ve done into practice into the game.

“I think when you see the league position you wonder how we are where we are, but it’s up to us to change that and go out with a different mind-set and approach every game with a belief that we can win it because we definitely have the quality to do it.”

The Spireites have endured a difficult season to date, but go into tomorrow’s match buoyed following their 1-0 win over Coventry City last time out.

And Caldwell has urged his players to use that win as a springboard for the rest of the season.

He said: “I think what’s gone on is in the past, and it’s up to us to start a new page and take the club forward. 

“The players have to take responsibility for their performance. They’ve worked extremely hard this week to be prepared for it, but it’s up to them to go out and show the quality that they have on the pitch and when it matters on a Saturday. 

“It’s about belief and confidence in football, and the players have to get that from within and take that out onto the pitch.”

Neal Ardley’s Wimbledon come into the game on the back of an FA Cup third round exit to Sutton United in midweek, and Caldwell is wary of the Dons’ desire to bounce back.

“I’ve watched their last several games and we’ve highlighted several key areas and looked at everything they might through at us, as well as what we think their weaknesses are,” he told Player HD, 

“We’ll expect a difficult game, they’ll play a very similar style to the old Wimbledon and we’re going to have to be ready and fight for everything that we get.”  

A crowd in excess of 6,000 is expected at the Proact tomorrow, and Caldwell has urged the supporters to provide the same level of support as they did against Coventry.

He said: “We have to get the ball down and play, and I’m sure the players are eager to do that in front of their home fans.

“It’s why you work all week, you come to a game on a Saturday and you’re ready to do the club and the supporters proud. 

“At home, with the backing we’re going to have, the players are going to be up for it and doing everything they can to send them home happy.

“And it’s important they get behind the players as well, there’s going to be times where players will make mistakes – everyone will make mistakes - and it’s up to the fans to be behind their team and the club, and stick by the players. If they do that, I’m sure they’ll get a positive result.”

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