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Chesterfield sack Gary Caldwell after Accrington defeat

Chesterfield sack Gary Caldwell after Accrington defeat
By PA Sport

16/09/2017 at 20:37Updated 16/09/2017 at 20:40

Gary Caldwell's short reign as Chesterfield manager ended after a 2-1 home defeat to Accrington Stanley plunged his team into the League Two drop zone.

The news broke 90 minutes after the final whistle when the club announced they had parted company with Caldwell who won only three games after taking charge in January.

Caldwell said after the defeat that he hoped to be given more time but Spireites company secretary Ashley Carson said: "I don't think anybody can be shocked.

"As I said to Gary, we've given you absolutely everything and he said, 'yeah, you've been brilliant, I couldn't ask for any more' except he was asking for a few more games.

"But that can't happen, you have to judge what the fans want as well and when we get the response like that from the fans today, we owe it to them to call it a day.

"We had said we would give it eight games and we find ourselves second from bottom so that was decision made."

The writing looked on the wall after Bradley Barry was shown a red card for a two-footed tackle in the 63rd minute and Billy Kee took advantage five minutes later by firing past Joe Anyon at the back post.

Chesterfield showed character by fighting back with Kristian Dennis equalising from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after Seamus Conneely had hauled him down.

A draw could have given Caldwell a stay of execution but Accrington won it in the 82nd minute when substitute Mallik Wilks turned just outside the area and drilled a low shot into the bottom right corner.

While Chesterfield look for a new manager, Accrington are looking forward after another impressive win and manager John Coleman said: "This is not an easy place to come to because they are fighting for their lives.

"We missed five or six good chances so we've got to try and take more of them because then games would be a lot easier for us. That's something we have to iron out in training and practise and practise.

"We believe we can score goals and we want to tighten up at the back. We did defend quite well, we didn't give too many chances but you are always striving for the complete package.

"We still don't think we've hit the heights we can and if we do we can go places."