Gaz looks for more as Shrews earn draw

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ricky Charlesworth

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.”

STAR MAN IAN EVATT Ch­ester­field

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