Spireites have to sharpen their act

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stephen Thirkill

GARY Cald­well knows his Ch­ester­field side will need to find more cut­ting edge if they are to bounce back.

The al­ready-rel­e­gated Spireites slipped to the bot­tom of the League One ta­ble af­ter suf­fer­ing their 26th de­feat of the sea­son at home to Charlton.

And Cald­well knows his strug­glers will need to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove on this sea­son’s woe­ful goal tally if they are to se­cure pro­mo­tion next sea­son.

“I know in my head what I’m do­ing for next year and the play­ers will be told at the right op­por­tu­nity for my­self and the club, to start mov­ing for­ward,” he said.

“We played well in the sec­ond half, but did not cre­ate enough chances and shots on tar­get.

“Things peter out all too of­ten and we need to be bet­ter in the fi­nal third.

“Too of­ten we play side­ways and go back. We need to be braver and look for the for­ward pass. You get pun­ished for square passes.

“We will keep work­ing on that as­pect. I can’t fault the play­ers’ ef­fort, I can’t fault some of the play up to the fi­nal third.”

Ad­dicks boss Karl Robin­son said he was pleased with his side’s dis­play as they bagged just their fifth away win of the cam­paign.

“I thought we looked com­fort­able through­out the game and they did not re­ally cause us any trou­ble,” he said.

“We switched off to­wards the end and let them pinch one, but we stood firm and de­served the three points.

“The win is en­cour­ag­ing for us and it gives us some­thing to build on.

“We want to end our cam­paign with a win next week so we can take mo­men­tum into next sea­son.

“We are al­ready mak­ing our plans and we know what play­ers we want to get in the team to make this great club re­ally com­pet­i­tive.”

Thorsten Stuck­mann pro­duced a stun­ning save to keep out a Ricky Holmes free-kick on 16 min­utes.

Holmes snatched at a shot when clean through on goal three min­utes later. But Charlton hit the front when Jake Forster-Caskey smashed home a beauty from 25 yards on 37 min­utes.

And Ricky Holmes put the Ad­dicks firmly in charge af­ter his free­kick de­flected in on 57 min­utes.

Krys­tian Den­nis thumped an ef­fort against the bar on 73 min­utes, be­fore Reece Mitchell pulled a con­so­la­tion goal back in the first minute of stop­page time.

Stuck­mann saved a penalty from ForsterCaskey in the last mean­ing­ful ac­tion.


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