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Caldwell: "There is quality at the club."

28 January 2017

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Gary Caldwell says that he has managed to further impose his ideas on to the Chesterfield players during training this week.

The Spireites have been without a fixture this weekend due to original opponents Millwall being involved in the FA Cup fourth round, enabling Caldwell to undertake key work on the training pitch.

He said: “I’ve loved working with the players and seeing the attitude and quality that they’ve shown in training and in the game last Saturday.

“We’ve been fortunate this week in that we’ve not had a game to prepare for, I’ve managed to do things that I’d not normally do in the lead up to a game, so it’s been great to have this week, and we look forward to Oldham Athletic next Saturday.”

Caldwell oversaw a 0-0 draw at home to AFC Wimbledon last Saturday, a match where the Spireites were easily the better of the two sides. but despite not turning their chances into goals, Caldwell was pleased with what he saw. 

“I think that it had told me what I’d already seen, that there is quality at the club,” he said. 

“As a team they played together, showed a lot of spirit and kept going right to the end when it could have been easy to get frustrated because we were playing so well and creating chances. 

“It just wouldn’t go in for us and sometimes you just frustrated by that and they didn’t, they kept going and doing the right things and created chances right up to the end. 

“So I was delighted with everything that I’ve seen, obviously we wanted to win the game, but if we keep getting performances like that and I’m sure we’ll win games very quickly.”

The Spireites take on Oldham at the Proact next Saturday, February 4, in what will be the first of seven matches during the month.

And Caldwell believes that the Wimbledon performance added to the training ground work, will have them ready for the busy schedule.

He added: “This week we’ve worked extremely hard physically and put different bits tactically in to the team and how we might want to play in the coming weeks, so we’ll be ready for the run of games coming because February is a very difficult period with all the Saturday – Tuesday games.”

Caldwell has been assisted by the likes of Ritchie Humphreys, Matt Duke and Mal Purchase during his time with the club, help he’s been very appreciative of.

He said: “I’m delighted with the staff that are here and the work rate from them all. 

“The help that they’ve gave me settling in the club and letting me understand the players has been fantastic. I’m looking forward to working with them in the coming months.

“Any time that you go into a club you spend a lot of hours working hard and getting to know the day to day stuff as well, plus with the window it’s been a busy start to my life here and I’m enjoying it and looking forward to bringing more success when the games come.”

Caldwell has also been working with the club’s director of football Chris Turner, in trying to add new faces to the Spireites squad before the end of the transfer window on Tuesday.

On his relationship with Turner, Caldwell said: “He’s been excellent and very helpful and anything that I’ve asked off he’s worked extremely hard to make that happen. 

“It was something that I was keen to work with when I was at Wigan, I was open to having that role at the football club.

“I think that it’s an important role and one that football people are in and who first and foremost know football and then understand the business side of the club. 

“So I’m delighted to be working with him, so far it’s gone great and we have a lot of work to do in the coming days.” 

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