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Llera: "It shows the great job the kids did."

16 October 2017

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Striker Luke Rawson’s purple patch continued on Saturday, after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 away win against Burton Albion.

Rawson’s strike was his eighth goal in six youth team games and academy coach, Miguel Llera has praised the youth team’s change of mentality since taking over in August.

Llera said: “I’m really pleased with how the team are doing at the moment, we are getting the rewards for the hard work that we have been doing, all this time.

“We got a clean sheet and we have really deserved that in the last couple of games, it’s the rewards for the hard job that we have been doing.”

Back-to-back league wins has lifted Chesterfield to sixth in the Youth Alliance North East table and Llera was impressed with winning away to Burton. 

“We played against a really good team in Burton,” Llera said. “They had only lost one game in five and we beat them away.

“They didn’t have any shots on target, it shows the great job the kids did off the ball, the previous two games we only conceded two to three chances per game. But the problem was we were conceding two goals.

“I said to the guys not every time we concede three chances we concede two goals, something is not normal and this week was the proof of that, we didn’t concede, they had some crosses but it there wasn’t really a chance, I was very very pleased for the job that they did.

“We had really good crosses from the right-hand side with a threat during the 90 minutes and we had chances, like I said, my point of view is to organise the team from the back, I believe in making the team solid from the back, to make sure it’s not easy to concede chances.”

The team have been working a lot on the defensive side of the game, as Llera is already convinced that the side have enough in the attacking positions.

He said: “After that we can build the team attacking, I don’t have any worries attacking, we have very talented players, the proof in that is the goals that we have been scoring, playing from the back with at least 20-25 touches before we score.

“I’m really pleased I know that we have really talented players, the thing that I wanted is to be solid from the back, don’t concede chances, to be a nasty team and the talent will shine through, because it’s natural in the players.”

Rawson has been pivotal to the sides recent form, but Llera doesn’t put recent results down to just him.

“I’m really pleased for him, he’s amazing lad a really hard working guy and he’s doing everything that he has inside him,” Llera asserted. “Running, chasing working without the ball, he’s working in the right direction. They all are.

“It’s unfair to just say one player, the team is putting in good performances which are transferring into good results.”

U16s Connor Emery and Josh Turner featured against Burton, another positive for the academies hard work.

Llera said: “One played 35 minutes the other played 30, they did really well.

“The subs have to push hard to get into the starting eleven to play and we have a really good U16s doing a good job and pushing to get on the bench.

“No one is safe, football is competition and I’m really pleased with the U16s they are doing really well. they have to push for the team.”

After winning three games in a row, Llera isn’t a believer of the break, however, he feels it could give time for some of the players to rest and spend time with their families.

Llera admitted: “I like to carry on with the momentum and keep playing, because football is about momentum and we are on a great run at the moment and I want to carry on with that.

“Tomorrow we have a good game against Sheffield United Development Squad and the idea is to give the weekend off for the scholars, because some of them are away from home and it’s a good time to clear their mind and come back on Monday.”

The match with the Blades’ Development Squad takes place at St George’s Park, Sheffield Graves and kicks off at 1pm.

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