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YOUTH TEAM: Carlisle Next After Walsall Win

4 November 2016

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The Spireites youth team learn of their reward today after the FA Youth Cup victory last night - with Carlisle United at home their second round opponents.

The exact date of the match with Carlisle has yet to be finalised, though the game will take place before November 19.

Academy manager commented on the draw: "It's a good draw for us, they're not a team we've played so they'll be something of an unknown quantity for us, but we're happy to be at the Proact again and under the lights.

"Sitting down after the game last night we felt we had done ourselves justice. To be thrown in straight against Walsall and a game where you know it's going to be hard to get through means we're now on our feet and ready for round two.

"In seasons before we might have been beaten, but now coming out with that win means we have the confidence to go and face Carlisle United in the next round."

The Spireites progressed to round two after a come from behind 3-1 win over Walsall on Thursday night, and Smith spoke further about that contest.

He said: "It was very much a game of two halves, the first was really poor form us, without enough urgency, commitment or spirit. It was like the team thought that with Ricky German back in the team they'd just need to batter it long and he'd run in behind.

"That didn't really work, so we had a chat at half time to change the approach. One of my lines was that if you're going to go out of the cup then you want to be able to say you went out with a bang.

"To be fair to the lads, the second half had a higher tempo and it was much more like what we know we can do. We started to play a bit and scoring after 30 seconds was a big help as well.

"That was the first bit of football we played, we got the ball into Ricky's feet, a good run came off him and Charlie Wakefield buried it, we were more pleased after that."

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