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Caldwell: "It was another disappointment."

8 March 2017

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Spireites boss Gary Caldwell was left disappointed after his team went down 1-0 to Walsall at the Banks’ Stadium last night.

Scott Laird’s goal in the 54th minute settled matters, leaving the Spireites eight points from safety in Sky Bet League One.

Speaking to exclusively to Player HD, Caldwell said: “It was another disappointment, I said to the players that I didn’t know what I was going to get.

“Too often on a Saturday after a Tuesday game or a Tuesday after a Saturday game we haven’t been good enough, and we have to learn from that.

“You can’t just turn up, you have to put a run of games together and that’s something we need to work to do.”

After the original scheduled game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, it felt at times as this game would also be a ‘wash out’, with neither side taking command of the contest. Which further added to the manager’s frustration.

“I just didn’t think we took the ascendancy in the game like it was there to do,” said Caldwell “I thought in the first half the ball was going to burst at one point!

“It was end to end, and nobody could put their foot on it and control the ball and then pass it to a team mate from both sides.

“And then second half it was very similar, they scored from a set-piece which is a big disappointment, and then late on in the game we have a go and have a bit more impetus, but it’s too late.”

Of the relatively few chances created by both sides, it was Spireites goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann who was the busier of the two ‘keepers, and Caldwell was full of praise for the German.

“He was fantastic, he’s been great since he came to the club, and tonight he showed his professionalism, set his standards really high, it was another good performance from him,” added Caldwell.

Next up for the Spireites is a home fixture with 18th placed Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, and Caldwell has urged the supporters to help rally the team.

“I’ve said it all along, we need them to come out in big numbers and get behind the players and stick with them, because it’s a difficult period and we’re working hard to try and to turn it round.” He added.

Meanwhile, Caldwell also confirmed that striker Ched Evans is likely to miss the Spireites next few games with an ankle injury.

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