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Llera bemoans tough conditions

3 December 2018

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Youth-team coach Miguel Llera was left disappointed after his team's 2-1 defeat away to Lincoln City on Saturday, insisting that the conditions played a part in the result.

Llera said: “Lincoln started the game better. They were more focused and played well in the hard conditions.

“They scored the first goal from a corner. It was a free header and really poor defending on our part, which I was disappointed with.

“After that, we came back into the game. I changed the formation and we were much better than them until the second half when we scored our equaliser. It was good play from us. Brandon Howard crossed the ball and it was a decent finish from Jack Holmes with the inside of his foot.

“In the second half, we started well, but they changed their formation. They had some good players up front who we were struggling to deal with. They were quick, strong and we couldn't deal with them on the counter; they were causing us a lot of problems.

“The second goal was a defensive error from us. It was a deflection that went past the keeper and at times these types of mistake happens in games.

“We didn’t create many chances after that. We tried to push on as much as we could. We even finished the game with three strikers up front, but we couldn’t score the equaliser.”

Bemoaning the conditions, Llera said it was "a battle from the beginning”.

He added: “The conditions dominated the game. It was a scrappy, the ground was heavy with rain and mud, which made it hard to compete.

"The pitch was narrow, which created a lot of traffic in the middle and it was impossible to play any kind of game.”

Spireites: Wharton, Render, Fuertado (Gibson 65), Sharman, Wild (Papworth 80), Bradbury, Howard, Walker (Emery 40), Rawson, Holmes, Smith

Unused substitutes: England & Tansley

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