Cald­well is off the mark with late show

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Daniel Shel­don

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.”

STAR MAN IAN EVATT Chesterfield

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