Chesterfield FC

Gary Caldwell admits his Chesterfield side might have to abandon his preferred style of play in the relegation run in.

Saturday, 18th March 2017, 6:33 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:11 am
Picture by Gareth Williams/ Football, Sky Bet League One; Swindon Town v Chesterfield; 04/03/2017 KO 3.00pm; County Ground; copyright picture;Howard Roe/ Gary Caldwell celebrates victory for his Chesterfield side at Swindon

The Scot likes his side’s to be on the ball, passing it on the deck and playing out from the back when appropriate.

But having picked up a victory at Swindon with a backs-to-the-wall performance and coming up against promotion chasing sides like today’s hosts Bristol Rovers, he acknowledges style might take a back seat.

“From day one I’ve tried to play on the front foot, take control of the ball and attack teams and had success doing it but not results,” said Caldwell whose only victory as Town boss came in that Swindon game.

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“We’ve been a bit more pragmatic at times and got results without really controlling the game.

“There’s a number of ways to win a football match.

“To get long term success of winning games you have to be in control of the game, the ball.

“To play like we played against Swindon every week, I would have a lot more grey hair and I would probably have a heart-attack at some point and the fans wouldn’t enjoy watching it.

“It’s not the way I want to play, but at times we will have to do that in our chase for survival.”

This afternoon Caldwell expects an entertaining game against play-off hopefuls Rovers because there’s still so much on the line for both sides.

“It will make for a good game,” he said.

“With the play-offs and relegation there’s not many games where teams aren’t playing for anything, it’s two teams still hungry to achieve their goals come the end of the season.”

And he’s well aware of the quality of the opposition, who haven’t lost at home in the league since November.

“I went to a game earlier in the season at their ground so I know the stadium, the atmosphere they generate at home and I know the pressure they’ll try and put us under,” he said.

“We’re ready for that, the players know what they’re facing.

“But again it’s up to us to take the game to them and focus on what we’re going to do.”