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Caldwell: "The response was magnificent."

13 September 2017

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell, expressed his delight at his team’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Colchester United last night.

Louis Reed’s fine first half strike gave the Spireites a 1-0 lead, before U’s substitute Brandon Hanlan levelled matters in the 82nd minute.

“I think on the first half performance we could’ve got more,” Caldwell told iFollow. “Particularly with the chance just before half time [Diego De Girolamo’s effort].

“In the second half we didn’t pass the ball as well as we could have done and invited pressure all over, though it is a disappointing goal to concede, after Saturday’s performance the response was magnificent from everyone.

“We defended the box extremely well, though I was disappointed that we had to do it too much in the second half.”

Saturday’s defeat at Crewe Alexandra ensured a tough couple of days for the management staff and players, but they produced a display of character, determination and resolve to earn a point against a lively Colchester side and one they can build on going forward.

So what was said to the squad in the lead up to the game?

Caldwell said: “It was just that we’re better than what we showed on Saturday and that we have to perform better for the football club.

“I think that you saw that tonight, everyone was dogged, though we can play better and we will in time, tonight was all about character and we showed a lot of it.”

Caldwell made three changes to his side following the loss at Crewe, with Bradley Barry, Robbie Weir and De Girolamo all coming into the side in place of Andy Kellett, Chris O’Grady and captain Ian Evatt.

Evatt did not feature in the match day squad and Caldwell explained his reasons for that.

He said: “I just felt a change was needed at the back and Ian kind of fell out of the plans.

“I didn’t feel it was good to bring him all this way at his age, with a game on Saturday, when we get back we’ll look at it.”

Next up for the Spireites is a fixture with Accrington Stanley at the Proact on Saturday, with Caldwell once again calling on his players to show fight for the football club and the supporters.

He added: “After Saturday we had to show the fans a performance of character to give them something back.

“It was great to see the fans who travelled here, it was a magnificent effort to come all this way on a Tuesday night and we thank them for that.

“The players showed them how much they value them and they showed how much they valued that. We need more of that on Saturday and to add a bit to it to get a win.”


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