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Llera: "We're not going to stop."

9 February 2018

Youth team coach Miguel Llera has insisted that he and the players are eager to get back into league action this weekend as they take on Bradford City on Saturday at St George's Park Sheffield Graves (11am), following a weekend off.

The team have had nearly two weeks to prepare for this fixture, but Llera assures that despite not having a game last weekend his players will be ready. "We are really looking forward to playing," he said.

"It's not the same when you are training and you don't have a game. This week we have a game in the league and we're not going to stop until the end of the season. We are really looking forward to that for the consistency," Llera added.

The youth team won their last outing against Doncaster Rovers 2-1 two weeks ago - which the Spaniard claims made having a break less difficult. "It's tough but we won the last game and we are always positive which makes the break slightly easier. When you play and win you always want to keep the momentum going," he commented.

Llera's side haven't suffered defeat in many games this season, but one of their few losses came against this weekend's opponents as they were beaten 4-1 away from home earlier in the season. Asked about whether he wanted his players to prove a point, he responded: "Yes of course."

Looking back upon the youth team's last outing with the Bantams, Llera reflected, "Bradford was the team that beat us easily which was our worst game so far this season. It's a challenge for us to try to beat them."

However, Llera assures the team have been using the break well to get ready for the clash: "We have been preparing and we will see if the players took on board what we have been working on during the week," he expressed.

Bradford currently sit one point above the Spireites in the league table - meaning the youth team have the chance to leap frog Saturday's opposition with a win. Assessing the style, the Bantams play - Llera noted the following: "The way they play is slightly different - they play from the back and they are a different team from what we're used to playing."

"It will be tough because they are a team that will test the players. We need to stay concentrated tactically. It's like a tici-taka team - they do what they do really well and we have been working on how to play against them. Hopefully it'll work tomorrow," he asserted.

Llera meanwhile confirmed the status of some of his players that have been trying to build their fitness. Speaking about the team's win over Doncaster he stated: "We could recover Robbie Foster and some players that were injured. Charlie [Wakefield] has been working with us the full week. We don't have any injuries which is important and we're fully confident with a full squad tomorrow."

Finally, he revealed that there could be a different look to the side on Saturday. The Spanish coach concluded: "We will make some changes. We have recovered some players and we will bring some U16s into the squad. I'm glad about the players we already have." 


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