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YOUTH TEAM: Smith Praises Side

2 October 2016

Academy manager Mark Smith praised his side after their battling 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe United on Friday.

The young Spireites fell behind with less than a minute played but responded really well and after a series of chances and deservedly got back into the game through Owen Darwent’s strike. 

The second half followed in a similar pattern to the first with Scunthorpe taking the lead through a stunning volley. Smith’s sides dug in and after a few tweaks to the shape they once again got back into the game with a fine move. Substitute Marc McKenna did well to set up Darwent out wide who put in a lovely cross for Josh Tipping to head in at the near post. 

Both sides had chances to win the game and it could have gone either way but Smith felt a draw was a fair reflection on the balance of play. He said: “It was a really good game and a draw was a fair result. I was really pleased with our kids. In the first half especially, I thought we played really well and they didn’t let their heads go down after conceding so early. We were nice and composed and patient to build ourselves up again and we scored two really good goals. 

“We changed the shape in the second half because I felt they were getting on top a little bit, going from a back three to a back four. It was nip and tuck and both teams had chances to win it. 

"We’ve got some decent players here. We struggle a bit because Ricky German isn’t with us but that’s what we’re all about so you can’t use that as an excuse. If we’d have had Ricky, I think we’d have won it but it’s not about winning games it’s about producing players. Ricky being away presents someone else an opportunity. 

“Laurence Maguire made his first-team debut the other night and there's Curtis Morrison as well amongst others so everything is ticking along nicely right now.” 

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