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Llera: "We are on a good run and growing in confidence."

8 March 2018

Chesterfield academy coach Miguel Llera says his side are full of confidence going into Saturday’s game with Rotherham United (11am).

The Spireites are currently fourth, whilst their opponents sit second in the EFL Youth Alliance North East table and speaking to iFollow Llera said that the fixture will be a ‘tough game’.

The Millers edged a nine-goal thriller earlier in the campaign after coming from 4-1 down at half-time to win 5-4, and Llera admitted his side have been working on Rotherham’s strengths to prevent the same score line this time around.

“Hopefully we don’t concede five goals, the positive is we scored four goals.” He said: “We can minimise their strength and we’re going to be working on it today and tomorrow in training. We’re going to try and not concede that many goals because 99% of the time when you concede five goals you lose the game.

“It’s always going to be a tough game, they are second in the table and we are on a good run and growing in confidence. We can recover the players who were injured last week so that’s a positive. The team is confident the feeling in the changing room is good and we have nothing to fear.”

Last week’s home fixture with Burton Albion was postponed due to the snow, and Llera was glad of the break, as several of his players were unavailable due to a sickness bug.

The former Charlton Athletic defender said: “We couldn’t train last week because of the weather, the players had three to four days off, which we had to give them because of the weather. It was good because we had a few players with flu and some of them had some muscle problems and it was better for us to not play last week.

“Luke Rawson was one of the players who had flu last week like Robbie Foster, so I could recover two or three players, which is important for the Saturday game and we want as many players fit to compete.”

Youth team captain Charlie Wakefield has been ruled out of the season through injury and whilst Llera is disappointed, he knows it gives one of the fringe players a chance to show their quality.

The Spaniard added: “We are looking forward to this Saturday, but unfortunately we have Charlie’s injury which he’s out until the end of the season which is disappointing for him.

“I don’t know exactly what he has but it’s a problem in the ligament and he’s going to be out at least three months, it could’ve been worse, so this is a positive thing.

“We have to find a player who will take his position into the team and it’s a chance for a player who wasn’t involved as much.”


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