Spireites have to sharpen their act
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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