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Youth Team Back to Cup Action

17 November 2014

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The Chesterfield youth team return to FA Youth Cup action tonight, with a trip to AFC Fylde in the second round.

The young Spireites had their league match with Bradford City postponed at the weekend so the team could focus fully on the cup, and manager Mark Smith feels his time is adequately prepared.

He said: "We always like gearing up for the game at the end of the week anyway, so we did our preparation and we had the week planned out beforehand so we knew what we should be doing.

"With the couple of extra days we've had to train, we've done a little bit more tinkering and working out the best times for rest days and things like that."

Though Chesterfield are the higher placed side in the football pyramid, Smith isn't taking anything for granted.

He said: "I'm expecting a tough game, they're a non-league outfit at the moment but they have aspirations to be like Fleetwood and move up into the league.

"They'll be full of players who have had academy experiences with the likes of Blackburn, Bolton and Blackpool so we've got to be on our guard. However, I'm quite confident in our kids at the moment to go up there and do things properly.

"I'm not calling that we're going to go out and win the game but I do expect us to go up there and give a good account of ourselves."

With the draw already having taken place for the third round, the two sides know that the winner will face a prestigious home tie with Aston Villa if they are able to come through tonight's fixture.

Smith says he has been using this potential match to give extra motivation to his players.

He said: "It's a great incentive, it's Aston Villa at home for the winners and we'd like to be in a position looking forward to a game against them, but we have to focus in the game with Fylde first. 

"We've tried to use Villa as a motivational tool, but we've underlined the fact that nobody's going to play Aston Villa unless we battle it out and earn the right to play them.

"We just want to be in that position, and if we work hard enough and we show the kind of commitment and attitude that we have done most of the season then we should be okay."

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