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Wilson's First Team Challenge to Reserve Players

1 April 2016

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Danny Wilson has challenged the reserve team players to step up and force themselves into contention for first team selection, after they continued their impressive form this week

Jake Orrell, Laurence Maguire, Callum Greaves and Rai Simons scored the goals to secure all three points for the Spireites in a convincing 4-0 victory against a youthful Iron side this midweek. 

Wilson spoke of their first team chances: “They’ve always been close and they’ve been part of the squad for a long time., though there are certain points of their game that they need to improve on.

“You have to remember that reserve team football is not first team football, it’s a far cry from it. The demands in League One are very tough, very physical, very demanding mentally and when they can start to get that type of acumen then they will be ready. 

“They’re close now anyway. I think games and scoring goals like they have been doing can only improve them as players and get them even more prepared for first team football.”

Forward Orrell made his Football League debut as a substitute in the Easter Monday fixture against Oldham Athletic, and the youngster has made a good impression in the reserves with his goal scoring form of late. 

“They are very close," explained Wilson. "Whether it’s the cameo roles, or starting games from the beginning it doesn’t really matter to me, if they’re ready then they’re ready.

“It’s whether they can keep other players out of the starting XI and force their own way into the team. That’s the challenge from the players’ point of view, they’ve got to impress, not only themselves but they have to make an impression on their own peers and myself, but they are doing that, slowly but surely.”

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