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Gary Caldwell Pre Crewe Alexandra

9 September 2017

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Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell spoke to the media yesterday, ahead of the match with Crewe Alexandra, here's some of what he had to say: -

On building on the draw with Coventry City: “We have to build on it and add to an excellent defensive performance with some creativity and more free-flowing football, to build a consistent run of results, not just the odd game here and there.

“Any team that wants to be successful has to keep clean sheets and be hard to beat, that’s the minimum for any football team and then we add to that.

“That’s something we’ve worked hard on. I didn’t see the goals we’ve conceded coming; we looked fine in pre-season, so it was disappointing and a worry.

“I knew that we had the players and the coaching staff to work on that – that’s the easiest part of football.

“The hard bit of football is playing, and we’ve been doing that extremely well, now we have to give both together in the same performance.

On Matt Briggs and Zak Jules: “Physically they’re better than at the weekend.

“They’ve had time to prove their individual fitness and get to know the players a bit better, so they will improve from Saturday’s performance.

“I think they gave us a lot of physicality down that left-hand side as well as quality, so it was a big addition to the team.

On Robbie Weir’s suspension: “He’s going to be missed as any suspended player is, but it’s an opportunity for others to come in and play.

“Midfield is an area where we’re extremely strong, we have lots of players who can do different things, so hopefully whoever comes in can fill the role.

On injuries: “Connor Dimaio trained for the first time today, so he won’t be available for the squad.

“Bradley Barry has trained for a few days now, so he’s in contention.

“Joe Rowley has had a scan and the bone has not quite healed as much as the specialist would like. He’s not quite ready to take contact, but he’s in training, doing non-contact stuff.

“Jerome Binnom-Williams is still in the gym and working hard.”

On Crewe challenge: “They’ve always been a good football team. They’re a club built on the philosophy of playing football the right way, and their academy produces players who play technical football and I admire them a lot for that.

“They’re playing a similar way to that now, trying to play on the deck, and have aerial threats from crosses into the box with Chris Porter and Chris Dagnall.

“They’re a good football team and tomorrow should be a good match, they’ll play their way, we will play our way, but we have to go out and earn the right to win.

“We need to push as individuals and push each other to get the result.”

On away form: “Home form is always where you’ll be judged and how you will impact on the season, but you have to pick points up away from home.

“You have to go to difficult places and be solid, hard to beat and know how to win away.

“We want to get that started on Saturday, and begin the process as quickly as possible.”

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