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Caldwell: "We’re still full of belief."

7 March 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell, has urged his team to take the confidence and belief from Saturday’s win over Swindon Town, into tonight’s match with Walsall (7.45pm).

Reece Mitchell’s late winner secured a first win since January 14, and the Scot's first in charge of the club, but Caldwell now insists the focus must be on the Saddlers.

He said: “I think the euphoria of a win is fantastic, but it wears off quickly, and now the focus has to be about the next game.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the players, I was happy with them that the work they put in got them their rewards. I think that we should have won games previous to Saturday, where we’ve done a lot of good things but it wasn’t to be.

“And to get that win gives them confidence and belief moving forward.”

The victory at the County Ground epitomised the work rate and togetherness that all teams need, particularly those at the wrong end of the table.

“They were incredible,” Caldwell said. “Right throughout the team, blocking shots, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was tracking back in his own half to tackle their full backs!

“I said to them on Thursday, that’s what it takes and that’s what it’s going to take to be a top team and to be top players. You need to do those parts of the game then your quality can shine through.

“It gives you belief that what your doing can work and if you stay together and put that level of performance in you can win games.

“This isn’t over, there’s a long, long way to go in this league campaign and we’re still full of belief that we can achieve our goals come the end of the season.”

Tonight’s opponents Walsall also won at the weekend, beating Oldham Athletic 2-0 at the Banks’ Stadium.

That result was their fifth straight home league victory, and Caldwell knows it will take a similar level of effort and desire to gain a result in the West Midlands.

He said: “I think they’re a club that know the league well, the manager [John Whitney] came in last season and has done a good job getting them to the position that they’re in.

“I don’t think it will be an easy game, they’ll be motivated to win, but coming off the back of Saturday is better for us than last week – had we have had played it then.

“So from that point of view we can go into the game with real confidence and belief, knowing that this is a big week in our season. And if we can get two positive results, we can turn the table on its head and give us a real chance going into the remaining games.”

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