GARY’S DE­MAND: LET’S GET PHYS­I­CAL

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Ben­nett

CH­ESTER­FIELD need to show more ag­gres­sion if they are go­ing to re­tain their League One sta­tus, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Gary Cald­well, as their hopes of sur­vival hang by a thread.

The Der­byshire side are deep in trou­ble fol­low­ing a run of just one win from ten games prior to yes­ter­day’s game with Bris­tol Rovers.

Ch­ester­field had the worst de­fen­sive record of the four sides in the drop zone be­fore yes­ter­day (they’d con­ceded 61 goals), and it is no se­cret that’s why they face a mam­moth chal­lenge to sur­vive.

Former de­fender Cald­well is des­per­ate to cor­rect that, with a new phys­i­cal ap­proach the only way for­ward.

“I think we have to en­gage bet­ter as a team. When the ball goes into mid­field or wide ar­eas, we get out to peo­ple,” he said.

“I showed them the Man United (ver­sus Chelsea) game. That’s how you shut peo­ple down.

“You need to make body con­tact, you need to make con­tact with the ball.

“Too often, we are pas­sive and that re­sults in the team walk­ing up the pitch and get­ting the ball into the box. That’s difficult.

“We have to work on be­ing a more phys­i­cal team.”

BLUNT: Gary Cald­well

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