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Kerr: "It’s about having the right attitude."

10 February 2017

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The youth team travel to York City tomorrow, on the back of consecutive victories over Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City.

Coach Dylan Kerr, has been impressed with the revival in 2017, but is expecting a challenge against the Minstermen. 

“It’s a tough fixture because it’s York away from home,” said Kerr. “We played them earlier in the season and they beat us 2-0. None of the second year scholars played in that game, so we had a young team out.”

“In this league it’s not about flair players or tactical players it’s about hard work and performance as a team.

“That’s something that has worked in the last two games, 45 minutes against Doncaster and 90 minutes against Lincoln where it all went right.

“York will always want to beat Chesterfield, as they’re in non-league and we’re a league club.

“But we’ve got to make sure we match them and do our job because we’ve got some very talented players here, and they’ve got to understand that if you’ve got hard work as well as that talent you’ll win more than you’ll lose.”

After a poor run before Christmas, Chesterfield’s youngsters have improved significantly in the New Year and Kerr explained a few of the factors behind the upturn. 

He said: “It’s about having the right attitude both on and off the pitch, doing their job and representing the club and on match days when they do their ball boy work. Having the results has improved the confidence and the academy setup on the whole.

“Winning 9-0 away at Lincoln City was a good start to the New Year after losing 6-2 to them earlier in the season. 

“We keep reminding our players about their roles at the club and how they should act in training and around the club and its paying off at the moment.” 

With pro contracts potentially up for grabs in the coming months, all the players will be keen to impress and there are plenty of opportunities for them to do just that. 

Kerr explained: “At the moment we’ve got three reserve games coming up and three scholar’s games so six games in two weeks, it’s a great experience for them. 

“I said to them at the meeting to be on that team sheet, don’t be on the bench or sat in the stands. Make sure you do your jobs in training well and against York. It’s a great opportunity for a 16/17-year-old player to show the new manager what you can do.

“We’re looking for a bit more maturity now and more demand from them to help them get a professional football contract. If they’ve got that then it will go a long way. Not everybody is going to get a pro contract by law of averages. 

“Usually it’s two or three who get it per season so they’re fighting for it and it’s who wants that more so if they’ve got that endeavour, determination and desire so if they’ve got that then they’ll earn themselves their pro contract.” 

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