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Smith Reports Back after Night with Liverpool

5 May 2016

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Academy manager Mark Smith enjoyed his night against the youth stars of Liverpool on Tuesday, even though his side were on the wrong end of a 5-0 Proact defeat.

The Premier League club's under 21 side were too strong for the Spireites on a night of strong performances and goals - all in aid of generating funds for the Chesterfield academy.

Despite the scoreline, Smith had positive words for both the esteemed visitors and his own side.

"I thought Liverpool were excellent, too strong for us in a lot of departments," said Smith. "Looking at us, they possibly would have been too strong for any team we could have put out.

"They have some really good players, some out there even have first-team experience, so all-in-all it was a tough night for us but I thought we did all right, battled well and for 25 minutes in the second half we made life really difficult for them.

"The main reason for inviting them down was to try and generate some funds for the academy and for our players to experience the steep learning curve that we knew we'd face with Liverpool.

"They'll have learned more in that 90 minutes than they might in half a dozen league games and training sessions."

Smith also praised the many hundreds who came out to the Proact to support the two sides and make it a positive night.

He said: "I enjoyed the evening and I know our players did too, even with being on the wrong end of the result.

"Liverpool are a big name and a big draw wherever they go, they have fans all over the country and all over the world, so we could see that it brought some interest to the town with the backing that we got on Tuesday.

"We thank the fans for coming and supporting the academy, we're just sorry we couldn't give them at least one Chesterfield goal."

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