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Caldwell: "There wasn't enough fight or energy."

26 March 2017

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell, was unhappy with his team’s first half performance, after they conceded three goals against Rochdale at the Proact.

Kristian Dennis pulled a goal back for the Spireites early in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for Caldwell’s men, who remain ten points from safety in Sky Bet League One.

He said: “It was similar to last week, [we conceded] poor goals. In the first half there was not enough fight or energy and the reaction comes when it’s too little too late.”

The manager made three changes to the starting XI after the 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers last week with Angel, Laurence Maguire and debutant Joe Rowley all coming into the team.

And he manager told Player HD his reasons for doing so: “I wanted to add a bit of youth and energy, I thought we started the game well and for ten minutes I liked what I’d seen. 

“Then for whatever reason the energy seems to disappear from our game. We conceded terrible goals, and the confidence and belief in the players drains away. 

“At half time we have a chat and in the second half we they have a go, but it’s too little too late! The game is dead at that point, you have to stand up and be counted at that point and make better decisions at 0-0, when there’s something on the game. 

“I can’t say well done for the second half performance because it’s not good enough.”

Despite the result, Rowley impressed on his debut and picked up the man of the match award, and Caldwell was proud of his display.

“He’s a young player with a massive future, I wanted to put him in the team a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t want to rush him as it might knock him back,” he said.

“But he showed the quality he has, and the mentality and temperament for it and he’s ready for this level of football. And I’m delighted to have him at this club, because he’s got a big future.”

While Caldwell was also happy with Maguire’s second half performance, in what was his first game since returning from a loan spell with AFC Fylde.

He explained: “In the second half he was a proper centre back, he got a cut and put his head into it. He played forward passes, he was a proper man second half.

“In the first half I don’t think anyone can be happy with what they did.”

The defeat to ‘Dale means that the Spireites have won just once in their last 13 games, and face a daunting trip to second place Bolton Wanderers next week. 

And Caldwell insists his team will be working hard to turn things around.

He added: “We look forward to it, I said that we have to come in on Monday and go again.

“It’s not quick fix, in this situation you have to keep working and look forward to next week which is another massive challenge.”