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Maguire: "There's Nothing Better than that"

17 December 2014

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Youth team captain Laurence Maguire was ecstatic after leading his team to the FA Youth Cup fourth round with the win over Aston Villa at the Proact.

Having been behind by two goals not long after the interval, the Spireites roared back to claim an incredible 3-2 win over their more illustrious Premier League opponents.

Speaking to Spireites Player after the match, Maguire described his emotions. He said: "It was unbelievable, the changing room was bouncing afterwards. There's nothing better than that, no better feeling at all.

"It's like Mark [Smith, youth team coach] said in the changing room, the team spirit that we've got in the team at the moment is unbelievable. 

"The lads work hard, they work their socks off and when we go behind we just believe that we're going to come back and win the game - and what a feeling it was.

Despite the early second half setback of conceding so quickly, Maguire felt his side's approach to the second period was what gave them a chance.

The skipper said: "In the second half we got at them, we went 2-0 down and then the goals came.

"There was a great change to bring Kabine on and he scored to get it back to 2-2 and then Tope [Fowodu] finished it off, which was great."

"The confidence was sky-high, especially when we got the first goal to get it back to 2-1. I always think that when we're just a goal down we've always got a chance."

The Spireites first goal came from a fine Jordan Walshaw volley, and Maguire was pleased to see the effort fly in.

He said: "It was a great strike from Jordan, he always goes on about scoring goals like that. We practice volleys like that in training, even me and I'm a centre half. It came off for Jordan, especially as it was on his left foot, it was a great strike."

The FA Youth Cup is designed to aid young players making the step towards the first team, and Maguire felt his side were helped out by a vociferous atmosphere at the Proact Stadium.

He said: "It was a good turnout and a great atmosphere, especially when we got the first goal. We could hear the crowd all cheering us on and it was great, the confidence came when we could hear the crowd getting behind us."

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