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Youth Team To Face Doncaster

21 November 2014

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Fresh from their FA Youth Cup progress at AFC Fylde on Monday night the Chesterfield youth team is back to league action at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday morning.

The young Spireites will be looking for a slice of revenge in the 11am kick-off after losing a League Cup match to Rovers on the same ground six weeks ago.

Manager Mark Smith talked about channelling that desire for vengeance into an improved performance.

He said: "We owe Doncaster a bit of a performance because we didn't really turn up a a few weeks ago and were soundly beaten.

"I just try to say what the lads are thinking, what happened before is still fresh in their minds so you're hoping that the players will want to redeem themselves a little bit.

"We talk about games and where things went wrong and I think there's always a will to want to do better, whether it's the next game or against a team we didn't do well against before.

"There won't be any of me trying to wind them up before the game, I think that they'll go out there with the incentive to get a better result."

The youth team's 4-1 cup win at AFC Fylde has set up a glittering third round tie with Aston Villa, and Smith talked through the group's reaction to their cup run.

He said: "The mood's been good. We didn't do a lot on Tuesday, Wednesday is always a college day for the lads so we didn't see them, then on Thursday we did a double session.

"There's got to be confidence in the group at the moment because the results are going quite well and some of the performances have been good. Now here's another game that we're looking forward to."

The current positive run of results might lead to some younger players getting ahead of themselves, but Smith believes his players are focused and well balanced.

He said: "They're a good group and they keep themselves grounded. We don't let them get above themselves in training and if you do see anything you nip it in the bud by raising your voice or saying that it's not good enough.

"From what I've seen, if it did ever happen and a player did start thinking that they are better than they are I think the group in general would sort that out because they're that sort of group."

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