Youth team manager, Mark Smith, bemoaned his side’s lack of quality in the final third as they were beaten 3-2 by Burton Albion.
Lawrence Maguire and Mason Coy got the goals for the Spireites youngsters, but Smith blamed the inefficiency in attack.
He said: “We struggled a little bit in the final third but we were decent up until then. We’ve only won one game this season but we’ve been more or less competitive in every game. It’s just the lack of quality at times and all we can just do is keep going, keep training properly and try putting things right on the training ground.
“In the second half, we spent half the time in their half. We got in good positions but we never did anything to work the goalkeeper. We conceded from a free kick which was their only shot of the second half and then we conceded again straight away and then we continued to pepper their goal but it wouldn’t come.
“We just can’t seem to finish things off but we haven’t done a lot of attacking play because we are trying to focus on not conceding at least three goals a game. They only had about four shots but still managed to score three goals. It’s not through good play from the opposition, that’s the annoying thing, but we have to take the positives from what we got. Up until the final third, we were good.”
The boss wasn’t happy with the way his side started the game, which has been a recurring theme throughout the season; however, he praised the impact of Lewis Sugden.
“The first 20 minutes, we were poor. We didn’t start properly, they seemed lethargic in the warm up and we took that into the game. We changed the system and put Lewis Sugden on, who has been out for ten weeks, and he had a really good game. He got us playing and we managed to get an equaliser through a well worked goal from a corner routine finished off by Laurence Maguire.”