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Kerr: "We gave the game away."

27 March 2017

Academy coach, Dylan Kerr, was left frustrated after the youth team threw away a two goal lead to Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Striker Ricky German scored both of the Spireites goals, taking his tally to nine in his last three youth team matches, but two goals from set pieces ensured that the visitors left Clay Cross with a point in a 2-2 draw.  

Kerr said: “We were 2-0 up at half time and I’ve looked at it and thought that we needed a change of shape and while it didn’t go against us for the goals we’ve conceded, we gave the game away.

“The disappointing thing was on the back of all the previous fixtures where we’ve performed really well as a unit, it was a game where you thought is this the same team? 

“You get that in football, it’s never always simple, but what you want is the players to show a bit of character and individualism when things aren’t working out.

“Ricky scored two good goals again, basically based on his strength. And as we said to the lads afterwards, without Ricky where are the goals going to come from?

“So while it’s good that we’re still unbeaten it’s disappointing as it’s taken a bit of momentum away from us to finish at least second.”

Despite the disappointment of not seeing the game out, it’s now five games unbeaten in the EFL Youth Alliance for Kerr’s men, a run he would like to see continue along with a return to winning ways when they take on Mansfield Town on Friday.

Kerr added: “We still want to be unbeaten, and we have some tough games coming up. Fair play to Hartlepool, they came and even though they were 2-0 down they didn’t give in.

“And like in any first team game, you can’t be happy with a draw at home, you always want to win, it’s getting that mentality in the guys, which we’ve had in recent weeks.” 

Meanwhile Kerr was proud to see Joe Rowley make his first team debut in Saturday’s match with Rochdale.

Rowley was the shining light in an otherwise disappointing day for the Spireites, picking up the man of the match award. Though any chance he had of revelling in the spotlight was quickly denied.

“I’m delighted,” Kerr said proudly. “The young professionals should look at that and think that ‘I want some of that’, I’m 50 years old and I want some of that still!

“He came to training on Friday, then went to college on Friday afternoon and did his work. He didn’t know he was playing until he came into the ground, but I can imagine the smile on his face when he was told!

“He was man of the match, and then afterwards he had a sweeping brush in his hand as he still has to do his jobs, he’s still learning his trade and hopefully it’s the start of a very successful career for him and Chesterfield.”


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