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Llera: "I was proud of them."

18 September 2017

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Whilst being happy with his team’s ability to overturn a two-goal deficit to draw with Blackpool on Saturday, Miguel Llera has challenged his team to be more focused in their upcoming matches.

The Spireites found themselves 2-0 down early in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup match, but a Luke Rawson double saw them come back to claim a 2-2 draw.

“That’s five in two games for Luke and hopefully he can keep the momentum going,” Llera said.

“I was proud of them for coming back from 2-0 down, but in the opposite way, I was disappointed as I’d already told them what would happen if they don’t start the game properly.

“When you have to wake up early and nearly a two-and-a-half-hour trip it’s difficult for a player to switch on and keep good concentration levels.

“So, I told them to show the right concentration and desire during the warm up or else we’d be struggling in the first 10 ten minutes and we went 2-0 down!

“But I think that it’s part of learning process, we played with plenty of younger players in the first half and in the second we made some changes and we managed to get the point.”

First-year professional Charlie Wakefield played in the match alongside U16 player Connor Emery and Will Russ from the U15s – who recently received a call up to the Wales U15 squad for a match with Gibraltar.

Both Russ and Emery played their part in the result, with Llera hinting that both could be a regular presence in the youth team squad.

He said: “Will did really well, we have to look after him as he was playing against players who are three years older than him.

“He’s very strong for his age, he has a lot of potential and we need to make sure we give him the right number of minutes.

“Connor also did well, but we need to keep working with him tactically as he’s only 15-years-old and it’s difficult for players of his age.”

The match with the Tangerines was the third of the Spaniard’s tenure and while he’s still awaiting his first win, he says that he’s really enjoying life at the Proact and working with the academy.

He added: “I’ve been really happy with the help I’ve received from the staff, they’ve been very helpful to me.

“I’m only one member of a team, but we’re doing a really good job, everybody is working in the same way and everybody knows what we are looking for.”

The youth team are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Bradford City in the EFL Youth Alliance North East, 11am.

Chesterfield line up vs Blackpool: Marris, Render, Sharman, Willock, Hand, Howard (Ofoegbu), Emery (Amantchi), Holmes, Wakefield, Rawson (Walker), Russ (Phillips).

Unused substitute: Brown

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