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Gary Caldwell Pre Peterborough United

14 March 2017

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell is expecting another tough game when Peterborough United visit the Proact tonight (7.45pm).

The Spireites come up against a Peterborough team who have lost their last three matches, but Caldwell knows that Grant McCann’s men will pose a threat.

Speaking exclusively to Player HD, Caldwell said: ““They’re a very attack minded team, they like to play on the front foot, score goals and get at you.

“They’re a passing team who like to play through midfield, through lines so it’s a difficult game, but I always try to focus on us, and what we do and how we can affect the game.

“I think we’re capable of winning every game if we play to our best, we’ve had it in patches recently against Swindon and Millwall, where we’ve had a 90-minute performance and got positive results. 

“So I don’t worry about the opposition, I worry about us and make sure we are right mentally, we play on the front foot, we’re aggressive and if we do that we’ll beat anyone in this league, I’m convinced of that.”

Caldwell will be without the services of experienced players such as long term injury victim, Tommy Lee, striker Ched Evans – who has an ankle injury – and captain Ian Evatt, who was stretchered off in Saturday’s draw with Shrewsbury Town with a knee ligament injury.

Evatt is now likely to be out for the remainder of the season, a blow to the club’s survival hopes. And Caldwell wants whoever comes in for the skipper to make the place their own.

He said: “Any player that misses out through injury is a big blow and to lose your captain is massive, but it opens up and opportunity for other players to come in and show what they’ve got for the team.

“The young players have to stand up and be counted, Paul McGinn is back in training and he will provide more experience to the group, but it’s up to other players to take on the responsibility.”

Saturday’s draw helped to halt three consecutive defeats at the Proact, but the Spireites remain in Sky Bet League One relegation zone, eight points from safety.

Caldwell was pleased with his side’s reaction to going a goal down in the third minute on Saturday, and he wants his team to use the battling qualities displayed against the Shrews into the clash with the Posh this evening. While the manager has also urged the supporters to play their part.

“In the first half after the set back of going behind so early our reaction was very positive,” he said. “We could have crumbled after we lost the last home game so heavily so it was a good reaction from the players. 

“Second half we huffed and puffed a little bit but we didn’t really take the game to them as we would have liked and then opened ourselves up on the counter, so I think it’s a point that we have to take and build on it with a win against Peterborough.

“I must say that the fans were outstanding second half, they really got behind us. We pressed high and it seemed to really get the crowd going. 

“They really stuck with the team, backed them and gave them the encouragement that they needed to go and win the game, and we need more of that in the coming games and the remaining home games.”

Meanwhile Caldwell has confirmed that on-loan midfielder Reece Brown has returned to his parent club Birmingham City.

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