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Smith: "I don’t think there’s that much wrong with this team"

13 December 2015

Caretaker manager Mark Smith saw his side lose 1-0 in the torrential rain at Bury, but told PlayerHD felt his side could have taken something from the game.

In the deluge at Gigg Lane, Bury hit the woodwork three times in the first 25 minutes, but once the Spireites settled they went close with second half efforts from Jay O'Shea and Mani Dieseruvwe, before the game's outstanding player, Danny Mayor, pounced on a Sam Hird mistake to win the match in the 68th minute.

“I thought we deserved to get something out of the game," remarked Smith after the game. "Especially in the second half, as in the first half we weren’t in it. They had a couple of chances and Tommy Lee made a good save.

“We made a couple of changes at half time, we thought we’d do it then rather than 15 minutes in and it helped us build up momentum and I feel that we took over the game and there only looked like one team scoring.

"There wasn’t a lot happening in our half of the pitch or in our area and then we made a substitution with 20 minutes to go to try and win it, and then straight from that they scored”

“Our luck will change, I don’t think there’s that much wrong with this team. We probably lack a bit of confidence, but I think we gained some after last week’s performance and for at least the last hour of today’s game, you’ve got to go away thinking we’re not too far away”

In the build-up to kick-off the game seemed very much in doubt due to the weather, with referee Peter Bankes doing all he could to ensure the game went ahead.

“It seemed to plug, which is one of those things," said Smith of the pitch. "During the game, the conditions didn’t cause too many problems, for both teams but that was one of the times it happened and Mayor finished it well.

"The referee was a little bit concerned at half time that the conditions might make challenges look worse and he asked us about it at half time but we just got on with it”

With little time in the turn around before Tuesday evening's FA Cup second round reply at Walsall, Smith assessed his squad and who could return for the match.

He said: “Ollie Banks picked up a knock today, but it doesn’t look too bad. Lee Novak should be okay, it was touch and go whether he would play today but there’s no point playing people and risk losing them for longer”

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