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Youth Team Defeated

17 September 2013

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Youth team manager Mark Smith felt there were positives to take, despite seeing his side lose 3-1 to Notts County.

The young Spireites found themselves three goals behind going into the break, but a spirited second-half display left Smith happy with his side’s performance.

He said: “The performance was really good. You could say we lost 3-1 and it was a bashing, but that’s not what happened at all. The goals we conceded were common errors. One was a blatant mistake by our goalkeeper and the other two were situations where we should have done better.

“Apart from that, it was all one-way traffic. We had so many clear cut chances which we created. We were incisive with the passing, everything was quick and crisp and we looked a lot fitter than our opponents. The pleasing thing was I started to see signs of the things we’ve been working on in training.”

Chesterfield got off to the worst possible start, conceding a penalty within the first 30 seconds, and found themselves 3-0 down after 25 minutes. Smith was again critical of how his side started the game.

He added: “We aren’t starting games properly. If we started immediately with the basics and the things what we talked about, I’m more than certain we wouldn’t have conceded in the first minute. I want the players to make life easier for their team-mates, and we started to show signs of that in the second half, but we need to start by doing that.

“Even though we found ourselves 3-0 down, I still thought that we had a chance to win the game. It was a funny team talk at half-time because I told them that we weren’t playing that bad.”

For all their domination, Chesterfield could only find a consolation in the last minutes. Fabian Johnson made it two goals in two weeks, coming off the bench to score.

“Even though we’ve lost the game, we should be a bit more confident,” explained Smith. “The things we are doing in training are starting to show on the pitch. It’s whether we start feeling sorry for ourselves or whether we take it by the scruff of the neck and actually force a result. When we are on top, we need to score and build on that, but only time will tell.”


Chesterfield: Mason, Massey, McNicholas, Brock (Johnson25), Edridge, Maguire, Partridge, Hewitt, Beesley, Walshaw (Bayne 80), Coy.

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