Gaz looks for more as Shrews earn draw
GARY Caldwell insists Chesterfield must improve as they bid for a great escape.
Following this draw with Shrewsbury, Chesterfield are eight points from safety.
Despite time being in short supply, Caldwell is adamant his side can avoid the drop down to League Two – but has demanded more consistency.
“At this moment in time we have to be giving more,” said the Scot. “I just felt it was a game we could and should have won.
“They didn’t really attack us, every opportunity we gave them and in the second half when it opened up they were only a threat on the counter.
“In the second half we had opportunities and the quality wasn’t there at times, the desire to run forward and get up the pitch.
“We caused our own problems and that has to improve.”
Chesterfield had won just once at home in 2017 and their poor form at the Proact Stadium looked set to continue when the visitors took the lead after just three minutes.
Tyler Roberts was quickest to react when home stopper Thorsten Stuckmann parried Freddie Ladapo’s shot straight into his path.
Shrewsbury came within a lick of paint of doubling their lead when Shaun Whalley smacked a shot against the post shortly after.
Chesterfield slowly worked themselves back into the contest though and skipper Ian Evatt levelled proceedings just before half-time when he volleyed into the net at the back post following a corner.
Evatt, who had been a colossus at the back for Chesterfield, was then struck down by an injury which he failed to shake off despite initially carrying on.
The veteran centrehalf went down twice before being stretchered off to a standing ovation.
In his absence, the hosts remained resolute and they were indebted late on to Stuckmann who pulled off a superb stop to keep out Stephen Humphrys to ensure spoils were shared.
Paul Hurst’s Shrews are just five points clear of the bottom four, and he was less than impressed with this latest effort, saying: “I thought we passed it well at times , but at some times I don’t know what we were doing.
“There was passes where there should’ve been a touch and instead we were putting it in the air.
“Nobody in the squad is undroppable.
“I just think we’re not doing quite enough as we could be at the minute.”
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