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Gary Caldwell Pre Coventry City

2 September 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell spoke to the media yesterday ahead of the match with Coventry City this afternoon (3pm), as usual there were a number of topics up for discussion, here's some of what he had to say....

On Coventry City: “They’re a good side and I know it’ll be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to the challenge again.

“You want to win every weekend, but it’s early in the season. I’m sure they’ll want to win but we also want to win, and we want to get our season up and running on Saturday.”

On Spireites squad and start to the season: “Whilst I firmly believe that this squad is much better than last season’s, we have to get the squad to understand each other and to play together, and win games together.

“We haven’t done that so far, and we are all disappointed and frustrated at the start that we’ve had. But, the training is still good, the belief is still there in the players and if anything the way that we’ve played on the ball has surprised me more than what we’ve been like off it.

“We have been very good on the ball, but now it’s a case of getting right off the ball. I said to the players that we’re playing in two moments; we’re playing with the ball, we’re playing counter attacks but when we lose the ball we have to defend and we aren’t doing it.

“I didn’t expect there to be problems at back; we were pretty solid in pre-season and we have plenty of experience back there.

"Several different reasons have led to us conceding far too many goals - we’ve worked hard this week to stop that from happening and will continue to do that."

On Diego De Girolamo, Zak Jules & Matt Briggs signings: “Diego is somebody that we’ve been looking at for a while, financially it made sense with the help of Bristol City and we felt that he’s a quality player who we could bring in.

“He isn’t an out and out striker, the strikers we have can play through the middle, and we have a degree of versatility with the players we already have, but Diego can play anywhere across the front line, just off a main striker.

“Zak brings physicality, size, pace and power to the back line, our other defenders have different attributes and I think it’s good for each player to bring something different to the team.

“Ian [Evatt] and Sam [Hird] have great experience and defend the box extremely well, putting their bodies on the line, but Zak will provide us with a bit of physicality and pace on the recovery. We can play a bit of a higher line and he will give us that recovery pace, so I felt he was someone we needed to strengthen and provide competition for places in the summer.

“Matt is someone I played against when he was at Colchester, he’s got good experience and brings physicality and pace to the team, so I was delighted to get it over the line.

“You need competition in any team if you want to be successful, we didn’t have enough numbers before but we’ve managed to add numbers and quality to the side.”

On Dimaio, Barry and Rowley injuries: “Connor has been really positive, he went straight to the hospital and there was no break in the ankle.

“He’s out of the boot already, walking in trainers which is great, it’s still heavily swollen and bruised, so once that goes down, we can really see the full extent, however, it’s far better than it could have been.

“Bradley is out of the boot as well, so both are looking positive for what could have been nasty injuries.

“Joe is on the grass, working with the team in terms of warm-ups and boxes, he’s doing physical work with Gareth Piper.

“Next week he’s got a follow-up meeting with a consultant and once he passes that then it will be a case of getting him in full contact for training and getting him ready for games.”

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