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Smith: "We looked exactly what we are: very short on confidence"

27 December 2015

Before handing over the reins to new manager Danny Wilson, caretaker Mark Smith fed back after the 2-0 loss to Peterborough United on Boxing Day.

Two goals either side of the break from Posh dangerman Conor Washington condemned the Spireites to a seventh straight league loss and dampened the Christmas spirit among the away supporters.

Smith felt the first goal, on the stroke of half time, changed the game with the away side hanging in valiantly up to that point.

"I thought we were in it in the first half but then the goal kills us about a minute before half time," he said. "Then in the second we looked exactly what we are: very short on confidence.

With Wilson on a watching brief in the stand, Smith spoke of the manager's role in the game at London Road.

Smith explained: "He came in before the game and had a word with the players, then he came in at half time and asked me what I was thinking of doing, then said I should go with that.

"He had some observations on the first half with regards to some positional play in the defending third.

"He also came in at the end of the game and tried to lift the players as much as he could, with the lads lacking confidence."

With little time between games over Christmas the players and their bodies are put through the rigours of several tightly-packed games, and Smith said that this was taking its toll.

"There are a lot of things happening at once and I've seen it happen before, but we keep saying to them that there's only one person who can change it and that's the individuals themselves.

"You always know that results can change quickly and confidence will soar then."

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