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Llera: "We must keep it going."

2 October 2017

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Miguel Llera praised his team’s ability to establish and then hold on to their lead after the youth team’s 2-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Marshall Willock and Robbie Foster gave the Spireites a 2-0 lead going into the interval, before Rovers pulled a goal back in the second half.

It meant that the Spireites had to battle to record a first win in the EFL Youth Alliance North East since August 12, though Llera felt that they were good value for it.

He said: “We defended really well, everybody put their bodies on the line.

“We showed really good desire and commitment because in our last game at Bradford City the attitude wasn’t the best on the pitch and I think that because Jack Lester came to watch the game the motivation was really high.

“They showed a lot of character and commitment from the first minute and I think that it was a massive boost for them to have Jack come to watch the game.”

Both Chesterfield goals were of a high quality and were reward for hard work on the training pitch.

“They were really good goals,” the Spaniard commented. “I was happy for Marshall, there was great quality on the set-piece delivery from Charlie Wakefield and Marshall scored with a great header!

“Our second goal was also good, because we have been working on it in the week. It was a great run and cross from Ify [Ofoegbu] and Robbie came in at the back post to score, he’s been working hard in recent weeks and deserved his goal.”

The result was Llera’s first victory in charge of the Spireites and he’s now challenged his side to put together a winning run.

“It’s difficult as we’ve got a really good balance of players, but they’ve had low confidence,” he explained.

“Winning games and having a winning mentality is everything and I think that if we can get a couple of good results in a row the mentality will change and we’ll start to win games more easily.

“The attitude was brilliant on Saturday and that will help in the future. Hopefully it’ll be the beginning of a new mentality for the team. We have a tough game against Oldham on Saturday in the cup, so we must keep it going.

“I have come in with new ideas and the players have had to follow my routine and they’ve had to understand how and why we have to do things.

“Slowly they are getting what I’m looking for on and off the pitch, they’re taking it on board and we’ll be moving up after that last result. Last week we trained really well and I want us to do that again this week, if we do that we’ll get the rewards for it.”

Prior to taking charge of the first team, Lester was in attendance at St George’s Park and Llera believes that a good relationship between he and Lester will develop over time.

He added: “I couldn’t speak to him too much as he had to leave to prepare for the game, but he spoke with the players and congratulated them on the win.

“I think that he’s someone who will keep fluid conversation between us and hopefully we can bring players through to the first team for him.”

Chesterfield XI vs Doncaster: Jones, Howard (Render 64’), Fowler, Willock, Hand, Holmes, Phillips (Sharman 71’), Ofoegbu, Rawson, Wakefield (McKenna 79’), Foster (Walker 61’).

Unused substitute: Marris (gk).

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