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Llera Relishing Latics Test

23 February 2018

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Youth team coach Miguel Llera is pleased with his side’s attitude since the Christmas break, as they look to make it five wins in a row when they travel to Oldham Athletic tomorrow (12pm).

The Spireites currently occupy fourth place in the EFL Youth Alliance North East, and victory tomorrow would see them leapfrog their opponents - a team that they’ve already beaten twice this campaign.

Oldham are currently two points ahead of Chesterfield with a game in-hand, so the former Sheffield Wednesday defender knows the importance of getting a positive result.

“We can beat anyone and our view in every game is that we are better than them and we’re going for the game from the first minute,” Llera told iFollow.

“The team is looking forward to the game, when you are on a good run, you’re full of confidence and want to keep playing.

“It’s going to be tough, Oldham are a good team, they’ve been doing well this season and the last time we played them was a tough game, we’re away and are challenging them for third in the league. The good thing is, we have gone through four games without a scare and we know we can do the job.”

Llera took charge of the 1-0 Derbyshire Senior Challenge Cup semi-final win over Buxton on Tuesday night, a performance which evidenced the high confidence and fitness levels throughout the whole team.

“We go game by game,” Llera asserted. “I don’t want to let my team drop their standards. I think that from Christmas to here I have seen an improvement physically because we had been working during Christmas and the team is much stronger now, we’re more capable to keep the tempo I am expecting from them.

“The big part of this is that we’re much stronger physically than other teams. For me, this is one of the basics in the UK, at any level, you must be as physical as you can. We have been working outside of the pitch, we’ve been running hard on the treadmill and I think we have bought that onto the pitch.”

Top goal scorer Luke Rawson is a doubt for the game, after missing Tuesday night’s win through injury. Llera will also check on the fitness of Jack Holmes and Robbie Foster before the trip to Lancashire.

Striker Levi Amantchi also misses out, as he begins the first of a three-match suspension after his dismissal in midweek.


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