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Caldwell: "I think we have seen glimpses of what we can do."

31 March 2017

Gary Caldwell has said he’ll call upon his experience from his time at Wigan Athletic, to form a game plan that could see the Spireites shock high-flying Bolton Wanderers tomorrow (3pm).

Gary Caldwell has said he’ll call upon his experience from his time at Wigan Athletic, to form a game plan that could see the Spireites shock high-flying Bolton Wanderers tomorrow (3pm). 

A much improved second-half performance from the Spireites against Rochdale last Saturday was not enough to overturn a first-half three goal deficit, as Caldwell’s men slumped to a 1-3 defeat. 

The Chesterfield boss asserted that his side must take those positives with them into the fixture with Bolton. 

“I think we have seen glimpses in most games of what we can do,” The 34-year-old insisted. “I have watched the first half back probably six times and for 15 minutes there isn't anything wrong in the game. 

“We had that one chance through Joe Rowley in the first half, and if that goes in then the game changes but instead they score on 15 minutes and the game changes for them.

“We have to come up with a game plan where defensively we’re sound, but we have an attacking threat to our game.”

The Spireites go into the match 10 points from safety and Caldwell asserted that his side has nothing to lose as they continue to battle relegation. 

He said: “We are going to a team that is flying and from my experience of last year I know how they are feeling right now. They are comfortable, but they don't think that this game is going to be easy. 

“We are going to put them under pressure, they are going to feel the pressure that their promotion push gives them and they are going to feel the pressure of 20,000 fans at home expecting them to win.”

Seventeen-year-old Rowley made a Man of the Match debut against Rochdale last weekend following a series of appearances on the bench and Caldwell gave his views the midfielder.  

“It is very difficult when you’ve got somebody who is so young but you can see their talent every day. I wanted to put him in but I was also reluctant and wanted to protect him because if he did come in and it didn't go great then it would have knocked him back a little bit,” Caldwell admitted. 

“It had gotten to the point where I had seen enough, I had seen his talent and I had seen his attitude; the way that he handles himself and the way that he still does after the game.

“Everything about him suggests that he will go on to be a top player for this club and many great clubs in the future because I see a big career for him.”

The club have been interviewing for a Head of Recruitment this week and Caldwell said that an announcement will be made this weekend on the successful candidate. 

He also gave an update on the players who are out-of-contract this summer. 

The manager added: “I had obviously started planning recruitment in my own head, but I wanted to get eyes on players and to get names in. 

“It is important to get a structure at the club where recruitment is a big area and it was important to start that process now and for that person to start working with myself and the football club. 

“We are always planning, I am planning all the time, I am planning for the next training session, for the next game and the next season. In this job you are constantly planning ahead whilst also focusing on the here and now. 

“We haven't started discussions with any of the out of contract players; I still believe that there is a lot to play for and that their focus should be on that.”

The boss also confirmed that Ched Evans is set to travel with the squad following a successful training session today, however admitted that a decision regarding whether or not he is fit enough to make the 18 will be made closer to the time. 

Meanwhile, Connor Dimaio and Ryan Fulton returned unscathed from their respective international duties and are fit for selection. 

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