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Smith: "We have a habit of shooting ourselves in the foot"

20 December 2015

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Caretaker manager Mark Smith saw his side lose for a sixth successive league outing after they fell 1-0 to Bradford City in their final game before Christmas yesterday.

Bradford created the better chances but the sides were otherwise closely matched until Tony McMahon rounded off a slick Bantams move after Charlie Raglan's pass had been intercepted.

"It was very much like the rest of the games." he said. "We've always been in the the games and they've been quite close, but then we have a habit of shooting ourselves in the foot. There didn't look much in the game but then we gave them the chance that they go and score from."

"Bradford are a decent team and they're top-end of the league and you can see why they're up there, but I thought generally we coped well with them.

"We rode our luck a couple of times, then they scored and from there we got desperate and we're not really very good at playing desperate football."

The defeat moves the Spireites down one place in the Sky Bet League 1 table to 18th and Smith already had sights on the Boxing Day trip to Peterborough United after Saturday's game.

He siad: "You've got to get over the disappointment and then start thinking about the next game. There's no simple answer apart from hard work and trying to make things happen.

"If I can level anything at the players I thought we didn't create a lot and we look like a team that's lacking in confidence in the final third of the pitch.

"We're hitting longer balls and hoping they're good crosses or hoping they'll land on someone's head in the box, rather than making things happen.

"You get to the stage where that's the thinking, and that's something that's got to change."

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