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Youth Team Draw with Imps

9 September 2013

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Fabian Johnson rescued a point for Chesterfield’s youth team as they drew 1-1 away at Lincoln City.

Youth team manager Mark Smith was pleased with the point but admitted there are things his side needs to work on. He said: “There were things we were happy with, but there are some things that we weren’t happy with. It’s nice to get a point on the board, but we need to be consistent for a longer period of time.”

The Spireites went into the break a goal behind. Miscontrol in the midfield presented a Lincoln striker with a free run at goal, and he neatly finished past onrushing Spireites keeper Cameron Mason.

Smith explained: “We changed the system at half-time because the way we were playing wasn’t working. We lacked any sort of enthusiasm in the first half and I don’t know why that was, but second half we changed it round and showed a lot more desire.

Chesterfield equalised through striker Johnson. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area and hit an early effort that beat the goalkeeper at his near post.

“After the goal, we spent more time in their half and overall the second half was much better than the first," Smith added. "You can’t start games 45 minutes into it. Against better opposition, that 1-0 could have been three or four. We’ve got to start games on the front foot and play in their half of the pitch."

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