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Victory for youth team

29 November 2019

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The Spireites youth team ran out 2-1 winners against Rotherham United thanks to a Javanne Smith double before half-time.

Neil Cluxton’s side started well and after a bit of pressure from the visitors, two quick-fire Smith goals put Chesterfield ahead. Josh Turner could have made it three shortly after, but the young forward couldn’t take his chance.

Rotherham responded before the break and got back into the game after a poor clearance allowed a cross to come in again for their striker to head in from close range.

But the young Spireites came out after half-time and defended well, holding on to their one-goal lead to secure all three points.

Cluxton was pleased with his side’s performance after a disappointing defeat against Rotherham earlier in the season.

He said: “It was a very good showing from us. We played them for the second time this season – we lost quite heavily last time out, but it was really good to get the points today.

“We started really bright, soaked up a bit of pressure but the two quick goals put us ahead. We let them back in the game with a goal we should have done much better with.

“But we were still fairly confident. We set up quite defensively in the second half and never really looked like conceding, it was quite a comfortable 2-1 victory.”

Cluxton touched upon how his side have improved since last time out against Rotherham, saying: “I think we’ve become very strong mentally more than anything. Early on in the season when we conceded we would collapse and concede a few more shortly after.

“But now we have toughened up, we’ve done a lot of work with the lads in training about dealing with situations and making them stronger mentally as well as physically. The lads are really doing well now.

“We’ve got two cup games now – Scunthorpe on Tuesday and Grimsby next Saturday. After that we have a period away from league action, but we will try an arrange friendly. Those are games which have helped us massively recently.”

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