Dylan Kerr gave an honest assessment of the youth team’s performance, following the 2-0 home defeat to Oldham Athletic yesterday.
The Spireites were the better side in the first half and had the best of the chances, but Oldham improved in the second half and in the end deserved to take maximum points. Leaving Kerr frustrated with his sides inability to put together a 90 minute performance.
“I think the first 45 minutes yet again we’ve proved that we can play, we can do things in the right areas and create chances but unfortunately we’re not banging in the goals,” he told Player HD.
“It reflects over the last four games, Ricky German’s been playing and he’s the only one who’s been scoring.
“I was happy with the first half performance, we had a bit of fight in us and we were buzzing, but then as has happened in the previous two games, we’ve conceded a scrappy goal – ok it was a good free-kick from them - they’ve only had two shots and we’ve had six in the first half.
“At 0-0 if the final pass for Jack Brownell had been better we could have been 1-0 up and that’s the disappointing thing. The second half performances haven’t been matching the first half performances.”
Kerr admitted that players were told a few home truths after the game in an attempt to galvanise the youngsters and to improve their mentality in matches.
He said: “You have to be honest with them, you have to point a few fingers and tell them you expect better.
“It’s a great life to be in football but it’s the sacrifice, hard work and the help of your team-mates which is the most important in the games because you’re all fighting for the contract. It’s not an individual sport like tennis and golf, it’s a team sport and that’s been lacking in the last three or four games so to galvanise them and get them back to that winning mentality you’ve got to sit and listen.
“You have to have that fight, that desire and have you got that sacrifice? You’ve got to look at the five who’ve got contracts and also the three who’ve been released.
“Don’t just think ‘I want a bit of that like the five who’ve signed,’ think that you don’t want to be one of them who’ve been released because you then become one of a thousand people who are trying to get somewhere else to become a professional footballer and most the time it’s too late, so you’ve got to look at yourselves in the mirror and that’s what we tell the lads,” Kerr explained.
Brownell and Charlie Wakefield featured in the game, having both made their first team debuts recently and Kerr was impressed by their attitude and hopes to see many more follow in their footsteps.
He added: “Charlie’s got a good head on his shoulders and Jack’s just made his first team debut and Joe Rowley is here supporting the boys which is fantastic, because he’s still a scholar until the end of the season but you’ve got to keep striving for that next rung on the ladder.
“They’ve had a taster, hopefully it will give the rest of the squad, especially the under 16’s that right attitude.”