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Youth Team Lose Home Opener

17 August 2015

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Chesterfield academy managers Mark Smith expressed his discontent with his team's performance after a second straight loss, leaving the Spireites with no points from their opening two fixtures.

After last week's narrow loss to Scunthorpe United, the team was hoping for an improvement in their fortunes as they hosted a Bradford City side who had beaten York City 4-2 in their first game. 

Smith however saw his team succumb to a 4-3 loss and didn't have much to say about the positives in his team's performance in his post-match interview on PlayerHD.

"I didn't think there were any positives to take from the game, if I'm brutally honest," he said. "I think we were fortunate to get the two penalties to get back in it. 

"We started well in the second half and took the lead through George Milner, but after that we always looked like we were going to concede."

Bradford City had taken a 2-0 lead with a couple of well-taken goals early in the first half, before the home side dragged it back to 2-2 via two Derek Daly penalties, confidently slotted away. 

Milner's superbly taken volley early in the second half looked to have turned the tables in Chesterfield's favour and set them up for victory, but a penalty in Bradford's favour was converted to level the scoreline again, and some sloppy defending towards the end of the match cost the Spireites all three points.

Smith underlined the work that he felt needed to be done to make sure his side got back to winning ways in their next game in the league, an away fixture against Mansfield Town.

"We didn't work hard enough," he said. "We weren't physically strong enough at times, and mentally we were a little bit weak. They're things to be working on. 

"It's not going to happen overnight. But the quicker the boys realise what it's about, the better."

Chesterfield: Parkin (gk), Hudson, Randle, Holmes, Jarrald, Daswell, Marshall, Rowley. Daly, German, Milner

Subs: Lynam, Ovenden

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