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Caldwell: "I’m really happy with how it’s gone."

8 July 2017

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Spireites manager Gary Caldwell was once again pleased with another good night’s work, after his side won their third pre-season friendly of the week at Buxton last night.

Goals from Delial Brewster, Jordan Sinnott, Ricky German and Kristian Dennis made it three wins from three games, with 12 goals scored and just one conceded.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Caldwell said: “I’m delighted to have come through the week with good performances and no injuries, I’m really happy with how it’s gone.

“I'm happy with the application of the players and the hunger to try and take what we’re doing in training into the game and win matches by doing it, they’ve applied themselves really well and we look forward to next week.”

The first team squad head to Spain tomorrow for a week long training camp, where they will also play two matches against Benfica B and Middlesbrough.

And while the trip to the continent is one Caldwell wants the players to enjoy, it will also see a step up in their pre-season training.

“There’ll be a lot of hard work on the training pitch against tougher opposition than what we’ve had so far,” Caldwell said.

“We’ll have the opportunity to spend 24 hours a day for a week with the players and the gains we will make as a team and the social gains that we’ll make spending time with each other will be huge!

“But it will be another difficult week physically and the two games against good opposition will be a real test for us.

“I’m delighted that there are fans who’ve paid their money to come over, we’ll have open days so it will be great for them to see the players in a different environment and speak to them, we’re looking forward to it.”

The Spireites squad will be joined on the trip by new signing Jak McCourt as well as trialist goalkeeper Vincent Dorel, formerly of Plymouth Argyle.

On the Frenchman, the manager said: “He was somebody who was available to come in on trial, with Tommy [Lee] still not being fully fit we felt that it was something we could look at it.

“After coming back from Spain we’ll see where we are in terms of him coming back in.”

The win at Buxton saw the Spireites pick up the G F Tomlinson Group Cup, their second trophy in consecutive days, following the defeat of Matlock Town resulting in winning the Vertu Toyota Cup.

Caldwell was asked of his sides chances of adding further silverware with League Two and the Checkatrade Trophy up for grabs this season.

“We’ll take one more," he replied.

“Any time you play in a competition and there’s a trophy up for grabs you might as well win it, but we’ve got that winning mentality and we have to take that into the games against tougher opposition into the season.”

Meanwhile, the draw for the Checkatrade Trophy was made yesterday and sees the Spireites in Group F, where they’ll face Bradford City, Rotherham United and a yet to be determined category one club.

On the draw Caldwell added: “It’s a great draw.

“It’s a regional one so it was always going to be local teams and once we find out which U21 team we will get then it’ll be a good competition for us, as we can look at trying to breed our own youngsters and give opportunities to them in those games to develop.”

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