The Chesterfield youth team's seven game unbeaten run came to an end after losing 3-2 to Notts County on Saturday, despite having majority of the chances.Clayton-Naute and Jordan Richards gave the visitors a two-goal lead before Owen Darwent pegged one back.
Harry Bugg scored the Magpies' third before Callum Greaves scored in injury time for the Spireites in a high tempo game.
Despite the defeat academy manager Mark Smith was pleased with the way his team played: “I think that’s probably our best performance of the season. Looking at the stats we created 18 chances.
“I know you can get carried away with chances, but with at least ten of those chances we hit the post or goalkeeper when we should have been scoring.
“You get what you deserve at the end of the day, but performance wise it was one of our best, but results wise it’s a defeat and we have to lick our wounds and start again.”
Smith assessed his side's defensive work from the game and from the season so far: “We missed too many chances; and what we’ve done today and what we’ve done all season is we don’t mark in the box from corners and set plays.
“It’ll be interesting to see how many goals we have conceded from set plays. If you can’t defend set plays in your own box then you can’t turn some of your chances into goals at the other end.
“It’s down to the individuals, and again in defending there is a desire to keep the ball out of the box, I want to mark properly, I want to track, I want to tackle that is all about the mental side of things.”
Even though Chesterfield suffered a cruel defeat to Notts County, Smith believes it’s important the players keep learning.
“I say to them we have got to take the positives out the game," he said. "We have got to look and see what we have done well, why did we do well and how did we do it, and then improve the things that we don’t do well on.
“It has been a trait all season. It is all about the development of players, it’s not about beating Notts County on any given Saturday, they’ve got to be learning. You can be learning all the time through wins or through defeats.”