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Humphreys: "They responded very well"

4 January 2017

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Reserve team manager Ritchie Humphreys declared himself pleased with his team’s reaction after they overturned a two goal deficit to beat Nottingham Forest U23s.

Conor Wilkinson and Rai Simons had cancelled out Ben Brereton’s first half double early in the second half, before a Dan Gardner penalty 12 minutes from time completed the Spireites comeback in a Central League Cup fixture at Alfreton Town.

Speaking to Player HD, Humphreys said: “It’s always pleasing to win the game, I thought that the first 45 minutes was disappointing from our point of view.

“Forest were excellent, very busy in their play and run the back of us, and they deserved their goals. So we regrouped at half time and spoke about how we could do better in the second half and they responded very well. 

“We got a good reaction and a goal back very early and from then on I thought our play was excellent.”

Angel Martinez, continued his comeback from injury with playing the full 90 minutes in central midfield alongside Connor Dimaio, while the attacking positions were taken up by the three goal scorers and Gboly Ariyibi. And their experience helped see out the game.

"The front six are all experienced pro's who needed 90 minutes and should have done better than they did in the first half, but we got the reaction from them," said Humphreys.

“Once we got the third goal – Dan tucked it away very well – we then managed the game and that’s the pleasing thing, getting in front, keeping possession and turning their back four round when it needed to and seeing the game out.”

Humphreys also praised Joe Rowley and Curtis Morrison, after both players played in the unfamiliar position of right and left back respectively.

He said: “We had a young back four put together; a couple of the lads had not played in those positions before and will benefit from this immensely.

“Joe’s a midfielder playing at right-back whose development will have been done no harm at all playing in that position. His performance was excellent throughout the game.

“While Curtis played in an unusual position for him (at left-back), but when he got forward it was as if he was in his normal position on the left hand side or as a striker.”

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