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Gary Caldwell Pre Accrington Stanley

16 September 2017

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Spireites manager Gary Caldwell spoke to the media yesterday, ahead of the clash with Accrington Stanley this afternoon, 3pm. A variety of topics were discussed and here's a taster of what he had to say......

On Colchester United draw and performance: “I thought we could have had more on the night, but in the end we could have lost it with the pressure they put on.

“In terms of the character and attitude shown by everyone, I thought it was a fantastic point, at a stadium where they remain unbeaten this season.

“They’re a good team at home, and we took them right to the wire and played very well.

“I thought in the first half we perhaps deserved a bit more, with the chance just before half time; if that goes in, you come in at half time with a two-goal cushion.

“We didn’t play as well in the second half, and they put us under a lot of pressure later on in the game. In the end, a point looked good after those last ten minutes.”

On defence and Ian Evatt: “I thought they were great – we defended extremely well for large parts. The only disappointment is that we asked ourselves to defend too much in the second half.

“One way we have to improve is by keeping the ball better when we are in front, and keep doing the right things. Sitting on a 1-0 lead is a dangerous game to play, and it cost us in the end on Tuesday.

“I’ve given Ian Evatt a week off to rest and think about things. We’ll speak next week and see where we are on that front.”

On travelling supporters: “We needed to give something back to the fans, and I must say that the fans who travelled to Colchester were incredible.

“To go there on a Tuesday night and support the team like they did was fantastic, and I think the players repaid them some of that by the performance that they gave.

“It’s fantastic, I know the fans work, I know the cost of travel and of the match tickets, and they’ll probably getting back extremely late to go to work early the next morning.

“It really is incredible. We take our hats off to them and hope they went home happy with what they’d seen.”

On Jerome Binnom-Williams and Joe Rowley injuries: “Joe is training with the group. He can’t do full contact yet, but he has been training a lot.

“He can’t do full contact until he consults with a surgeon on the 25th of this month, when we fully expect him to be back. Because he’s done so much on the grass, he’ll be pretty much ready to go straight into games.

“Jerome has come out of his boot and is progressing well, so both are positive on those fronts.

“They’re both big players, and it’s important that we get them back as soon as possible, they are working extremely hard with the medical staff and when they do come back they’ll be ready to make an impact.”

On Accrington Stanley: “I think that they do fantastic, with the size of the club that they are. They’re a proper footballing team that pass the ball and cause teams problems.

“We know every game in this league is difficult – we’ve found that out already – and Saturday will be no different.”

On sticking together: “I will come here tomorrow in a really positive frame of mind, believing that we can win a game, and I would ask every fan to be the same.

“You can go 1-0, 2-0 or even 3-0 down and still win games, so it’s about remaining positive for the whole 90 minutes, no matter what happens in the game.

“At the end of the game, they can then give their opinion on whether they think it’s great, or if they aren’t happy with it.

“During the 90 minutes, we all need their support, no matter what happens. We could be under pressure and we need the fans to stick behind us at that moment.

“If they do and if we all stick together at that point, then I’m pretty sure we can come away with the three points, and everyone can leave the stadium happy.”

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