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Caldwell: "In attacking areas we were a real threat."

15 March 2017

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell was happy with his team’s attacking intent in the 3-3 draw with Peterborough United last night.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gave the Spireites an early lead, before Craig Mackail-Smith and Tom Nicholls turned the game in favour of the Posh. Kristian Dennis levelled matters, before Mackail-Smith scored his second in the 30th minute.

Both teams continued to flood forward and it was Dion Donohue who completed in the scoring in the second half. 

It was a crazy game for spectators, what was it like as a manager?

“Not good!” Caldwell joked. “Both teams were defensively poor, but the attacking play was excellent and it was an exciting game for the fans.

“It’s two games unbeaten, we wanted to win both but we gave everything and pushed them second half. 

“We tired in the last fifteen minutes, which is understandable with the amount of games we’ve had, so we’ll look at the squad in the coming days and maybe freshen it up for Saturday. It’s another game we can win and we have to try and win that.”

Caldwell certainly freshened things up prior to the game, making four changes from the match with Shrewsbury Town last weekend.

Into the side came Dan Jones, Osman Kakay, Jon Nolan and Rai Simons, players all brought in for their attacking qualities.

“In attacking areas we were a real threat,” the manager told Player HD. “Rai was excellent, while Sylvan again was fantastic and with the three in behind backing it up was good. 

“The full backs got forward, so our attacking play was very good, but we can’t win any game if we defend like that."

While all the attacking players played their part, Caldwell was impressed with two of the goal scorers in particular, Ebanks-Blake and Donohue.

On Ebanks-Blake, Caldwell said: “He’s a very good player first and foremost, he’s played at a very high level throughout his career and I think he’s rediscovered his love for the game. 

“He’s worked hard in training; fitness wise he’s improved every week since I’ve been here and you can see it’s given him a boost and he’s benefited and playing really well.

“Dion was fantastic, it’s great to have people who can play in three or four positions and who are adaptable, it’s great to have him.”

The game's attacking nature also provided a superb atmosphere, with the Spireites faithful providing brilliant support once again. Support that Caldwell would like to see maintained in the upcoming away fixtures at Bristol Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

He said: “It’s a tremendous atmosphere they can create in this stadium when they’re like that and I think they get the response from the players. 

“They still have to keep believing that we can pull this off, because the players are giving everything. We’re going into two tough away fixtures, but as we’ve seen at Swindon we can quite easily win away from home, so we have to try and get maximum points. 

Meanwhile Paul McGinn continued his comeback from a hamstring injury, by playing 60 minutes for the reserves in their match at Rotherham United - further increasing his chances of being involved with the first team before the end of the season.

Caldwell added: “We felt he wasn’t going to be involved tonight, so it was better for him to go and get minutes with the reserves, and that gives him the confidence for Saturday. 

“It was important that he got minutes today, rather than sitting on the bench.”

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