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Llera: "We're really looking forward to the game."

26 January 2018

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Academy coach Miguel Llera is excited to get back up and running, as his side aim to carry on the form they've shown already this season, when they travel to Doncaster Rovers tomorrow (10.30am).

Llera's team haven't played since an FA Youth Cup defeat to Swansea in December and after an extended break the Spaniard is raring to go. "We are really looking forward to the game because we have been without playing for a month. It's the first league game of the year for us and we are really looking forward to that. It's a big club - Doncaster," he told iFollow.

Chesterfield may have already beaten Doncaster this season but Llera recognises they'll still face a stern challenge at the weekend. "At the moment they are bottom of the league but when they played against us it was a really tough game," he commented.

"Anyone can beat anyone. I think we have to show them from the beginning the confidence and the momentum we have. We have already showed a video of them - the players already know what they are going to find tomorrow," Llera added.

The former defender meanwhile has urged the players to show him just how hard they've been working in training during their break from competitive football.

"Any league game for us is tough,” he asserted. “It's a tough league.

“It's a big challenge and it's a great chance for the lads to prove what they have been doing in the last month. They have been working really hard.

"The team is coming on a good run - full of confidence - which we will try to bring in to tomorrow for the league game to try and get the three points."

Unfortunately, the game with Doncaster has come too soon for two players; Robbie Foster and Marshall Willock.

"It's a pity we couldn't bring in Robbie,” he explained. “He's training but to give him minutes and competitive games is too soon for him. It's good because after tomorrow we will have a break the next week and hopefully he is going to be fit in two weeks time.

"Marshall has been training a little bit more. He played 30 minutes (in Tuesday’s friendly with Lincoln City) but wasn't feeling very confident to play yet.

"We have a couple of injuries but I'm fully confident with the U16s. Tomorrow there will be four involved with us and it's really important for the club to have the U16s. I'm pretty sure they'll get minutes.”

A new year occasionally means renewed targets, but Llera concedes he hasn't set his players anything specific.

"Obviously we want to finish as high as we can in the table. I don't want to show in front of the players what I am expecting from them.

"I speak with them game by game. Every game I want to get the three points. Every game is a final for me - even friendly games. We are ambitious and we have to win games and we will try to finish as high as we can," he concluded.

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