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Youth Team Win Late to March on

2 March 2015

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Mark Smith’s youth team beat Hull City on Saturday to stay top of the league, coming from behind to record a 3-2 scoreline against their Humbershire counterparts.

Trailing 2-1 at half time, Mason Coy equalising for the Spireites before Hull scored their second, the Spireites turned things around in the second half, a Jake Beesley penalty levelling the scores before Derek Daly forced home a dramatic 90th minute winner.

After the match Mark Smith spoke of how he saw the game, his side's ninth league win in succession.

“We conceded after a minute so the game kicked-off and we were behind straight away,” said Smith. “Then we managed to get back into it but conceded again. 

"The group have come back a few times from being goals behind so we didn’t think it was too much of a problem as long as we kept going and in the second half we only had the ball in our box twice.

“We knew eventually it was going to come and we scored a penalty. I turned to my assistant Darren Molloy and we discussed what we were going to do and we both agreed that we were going to go for it.”

"We changed the system to a 4-1-3-2 with George Milner coming on a second striker as we felt he'd suit a more narrow system and thankfully he managed to set up the winner."

Having been behind in an absorbing match, Smith says there was never any doubt over pushing for a winner once his side had got back on level terms.

Smith said: “I don’t see the point in just settling for a 2-2. We prefer to win games rather than just stay in them so we made the changes and it seemed to work. 

"The players have developed this over the season, when we go a goal or two behind they don’t feel as though it’s going to be three or four or five and they seem to find a way to get back into it and keep going.

“It’s a great position to be in because they don’t fear going behind, whereas in the past it would have been that they conceded one and it would just be damage limitation. 

Smith insisted that his team are in good shape for the rest of the season thanks to some good responses from defining moments in the season.

He said: “Throughout the course of the season there are defining moments I think, that actually tell you whether it’s going to be a good season or you’re going to find it difficult, and we’ve had a few this season. We’ve come back from games and every time you do that it gives you confidence. 

“When you get to this stage of the season we play games where we sometimes go behind but we fancy ourselves to get back into it.”

Chesterfield team: Wright (gk), Hudson, Jarrold, Holmes, Massey, Coy, Ovenden, Sugden, Walshaw, Beesley, Daly

Subs: Daswell, Milner

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