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Kerr: "We don’t want them to switch off and think that that’s it."

23 April 2017

Chesterfield academy coach Dylan Kerr, was left to rue another below par second half display, as the youth team suffered a 4-0 defeat at Bradford City yesterday.

The young Spireites performance was a similar story to the previous week’s 3-2 win over Grimsby Town, and Kerr was left scratching his head at the tale of two halves.

He said: “I was very happy with the first half, we had a good performance with a lot of energy – similar to our performance against Grimsby Town. And that’s what we asked of them before the game.

“Bradford scored a wonder goal just before half time, it flew past Dylan Parkin, he had no chance with it. 

“At half time we said that we have to keep that same work rate and intensity and be better on our final pass. We had a lot of two vs one situations and our final pass let us down.

“For the final goals, the lads sort of gave in, and we don’t want that at any level, especially professional level, because when they step up to the first team, if things don’t go your way you can’t give in.”

Kerr also refused to make excuses for his team, who once again featured U16 players.

“We had lots of 15-year-olds in the team and it’s a learning curve for them, but they’ve been here long enough to know the standards Mark Smith and I have set,” he said. “The second half performance as with Grimsby just wasn’t good enough.

“It’s not a wake-up call, while it’s near the end of the season we don’t want them to switch off and think that that’s it.

“Yes we had a couple of injuries, which affected the balance of the team, but as a scholar you should be thinking that while the likes of Joe Rowley, Jack Brownell, Charlie Wakefield and Ricky German are in the first team, you’ve got to look at the likes of Owen Darwent, George Lynam and Harry Taylor who’ve been released. 

“That’s who they should gauge their performances on because football is a short career if you’re not doing well.” 

The only real positive from the match with the Bantams, was that defender Jay Smith came through the game unscathed following a recent ankle injury.

“Jay put in a captain’s performance, he did his job,” Kerr added.

“People may look at it and think you got beat 4-0 and he’s a defender, but none of the goals were from his side or part, so it was a great opportunity for Jay to show that he could play 90 minutes after we were only expected to give him 60.”

The youth team are next in action tomorrow (Monday, April 24), when they take on Oldham Athletic at the Proact, 12pm.