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Saunders: "I was pleased with some of the patches of play we had"

22 July 2015

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Spireites manager Dean Saunders spoke after Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat to Hull City in a pre-season friendly, and was pleased with certain aspects of the match.

Centre-back Ian Evatt gave the Spireites a deserved first half lead, but the Tigers' strength saw them level before the interval and able to gain two further goals in the second half.

Speaking to PlayerHD after the match, the Spireites manager was happy with the way his side started the contest, but was able to identify places where improvement is still needed.

Saunders said: "I thought we played really well in the first half and we scored a great goal, but we organised the team knowing that we were playing a team with very good players and in the second half they got on top of us.

"They changed the way they played a little bit and took the ball off of us a couple of times. Their goals were from mistakes and they had other chances as well, bit I was pleased with some of the patches of play we had."

Saunders spoke about his side's possession during the 90 minutes and the importance of pre-season in giving him the opportunity to iron out the squad's creases.

"The way we play we use the full width of the pitch and try to keep the ball," he said. "If we give the ball away then our two centre backs are a little bit isolated so we have to keep possession of the ball the way we're trying to play.

"We can't be giving the ball away in dangerous areas, but we did for a couple of their goals and our full-backs were then caught out of position and we have to work on it.

 

"Sometimes you're better off seeing these things now and you can put them right, and that's why we have lots of pre-season games."

With the game's opening two goals coming from set-pieces, Saunders explained the importance of using set plays to your advantage and how to make sure you're able defend them.

"In any league, even in international football, the stats are quite high for games won on a set play. You have to be able to defend them and be organised.

"I wasn't happy with the way their first goal went in, it was a bit soft. We've got things to work on but none of the players have played 90 minutes yet, we're getting there."

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