Caldwell is off the mark with late show
CHESTERFIELD boss Gary Caldwell picked up his first win since being appointed, after a last-minute strike fired them to victory over fellow relegation battlers Swindon, and he is convinced the win can be a turning point.
Reece Mitchell was brought on with ten minutes remaining and, in the last few seconds, he latched onto Ched Evans’ cross to net his first goal of the season.
Caldwell was left delighted with his side’s all-round display, saying: “I’m absolutely thrilled.
“The effort the players have put in, not only here, but throughout the whole week has been terrific.
“This has to be a turning point as we have too much to offer in this league, I’ve told the players we have to take this into our next 11 matches.
“Even if they hadn’t won the game I would have been ecstatic with what the players put in, but to get the goal at the end and get the win shows that it isn’t over.
“The longer this game went on, I felt we became more of a threat.
“I said to the substitutes that they have to come on and win this game for us and they all played their part.”
Swindon proved to be more of an attacking threat throughout the game and almost went ahead after 14 minutes.
But Luke Norris stabbed his effort from close-range wide.
The home side followed that up with another wasted opportunity a minute later when Anton Rodgers’ free-kick found an unmarked Nathan Thompson but he sent his shot over the bar.
Chesterfield had to wait until the stroke of half-time to register their first attempt on goal but Liam Grimshaw failed to hit the target from distance.
However, they won it late on when Mitchell was given time in the box to fire his effort into the back of the net.
And Swindon boss Luke Williams felt his side deserved more.
“They had one clear chance and they scored,” said Williams. “We did everything to try to win the game but they had everyone back.
“We didn’t for one moment stop trying to win.
“We didn’t stop trying to stop putting the ball into the box – both inswinging crosses and out-swingers.
“But if we can’t score, we can’t win the game. The team keep creating chances but we can’t find the finishing touch.
“The players’ guts are wrenched out but it is no problem to lift them.
“There is fire in their belly. They were ten seconds away from a draw, it’s not perfect.”
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