Caldwell: ‘Desire levels will keep Chesterfield up’

Gary Caldwell and his players applaud the away fans after Spireites draw at Millwall
Gary Caldwell and his players applaud the away fans after Spireites draw at Millwall
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Gary Caldwell believes the battling 0-0 draw with Millwall shows exactly why Chesterfield will remain in League One.

The Spireites claimed their second away point in a row on Tuesday night to move to within six points of safety.

It was a gutsy display which left Caldwell feeling his struggling side still have the fight needed to stay up.

“I’m delighted with the Millwall performance,” said Caldwell, who has yet to claim a win in his new role after six attempts.

“I’ve said before that I think we’ll stay up and that performance just proves the players have that same desire.

“Everyone put in a shift for the team and that’s all you can ask for.

“We had players throwing themselves around to block shots, sprinting back to cover.

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“Thorsten made a couple of good saves when he was needed and kept a good clean sheet.

“I can’t ask for anything more from a defensive point of view. Hats off to the boys for their performance.

“They worked hard and really earned that point, it wasn’t given to them.”

But the former Wigan boss admits his side need to crank it up in the final third if they are to get the necessary wins to secure safety.

Spireites, who face Oxford at home this weekend, have the fourth worst attack in the league with just 31 goals in their 33 matches this campaign.

But Caldwell is hopeful that hardwork on the training ground will help their attacking game to finally click.

“We struggled in the attacking third once again at Millwall,” he added.

“It’s something we’re working hard on in training because you can’t win if you don’t score.

“We’re getting in the right areas, we just have to start putting the ball in the back of the net.

“I’m sure it’ll come, it just takes time. There haven’t been many goals this season so the forwards are a bit low on confidence.”

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