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Caldwell: "I felt it was a game we should have went on and won."

12 March 2017

Spireites manager Gary Caldwell, felt that his team dropped two points in their 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town at the Proact.

Captain Ian Evatt, scored shortly before the interval, cancelling out Tyler Roberts’ early strike for the visitors, in a result which means the Spireites remain eight points from safety in Sky Bet League One. 

Speaking to Player HD, Caldwell said: “I thought that first half we played well without really taking the game, and finishing them off.

“I thought they were there for the taking, we gifted them a goal to start with, but recovered well, and got back into the game. But I felt it was a game we should have went on and won today.

“In the situation we’re in we have to go and win games. 

“In the second half we did open up so we were vulnerable on the counter attack, but we did have opportunities to take the game to them and keep it in their half more, and we didn’t do it which was disappointment.

“But in the first half I thought we played well after the disappointment of losing an early goal.”

Caldwell made three changes to his starting XI from the defeat at Walsall, with Connor Dimaio, Dan Gardner and Reece Mitchell all coming in to the team in an effort to retain the ball.

He explained: “I thought our possession was poor against Walsall and the formation was to try and get footballers on the pitch who could keep the ball better, and support Sylvan [Ebanks-Blake] from deep.

“First half I thought it worked really well, but we still need more penetration from wing-backs. It was good for Sylvan, there were a couple of times where he could have been in down the sides of centre backs so I was happy with that.

“In the second half we stopped playing, and invited them on to us when really we should have taken the game to them more.”

The Spireites next fixture comes on Tuesday evening, when Peterborough United visit the Proact, another opportunity to claim three vital points.

Caldwell said: “We have to go and take them on Tuesday, the opportunities don’t keep coming. I said to the players that they have to grab them.

“They looked like they were on their holidays, they were a threat on the counter attack, but they didn’t look as aggressive as I’ve seen them before, and we have to grab that opportunity and start winning games quickly.” 

The manager also confirmed that goal scorer Evatt, will more than likely miss the game, after he was stretchered off with a knee injury in the second half.