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Coach praises character of youth-team players

1 October 2019

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Youth-team coach Neil Cluxton praised the character shown by his players in a 3-1 FA Youth Cup victory over Mickleover Sports FC at the Proact on Monday night after they went behind in the opening minute of the match.

In driving rain, the visitors got off to a great start in the second qualifying round tie when a cross from the left was met by Brodie Carter who beat Dylan Wharton with a low first-time shot.
Chesterfield's first effort of note came from Javanne Smith, whose effort from distance went just over.

Matthew Fuertado put a glancing header wide and threatened again with a goalbound header which was cleared for a corner.

Fuertado also fired in a shot which forced a good save from Luke Tappin before the young Spireites levelled in the 41st minute when Javanne Smith swung over a cross from the right and Samuel Geeves planted his header beyond Tappin.

Alexander Netherwood put the Spireites ahead and Smith made it 3-1 with a fine finish from just inside the area.

Cluxton said: “We had the worst possible start after thinking we’d covered every eventuality. From our throw-in, we lost possession, the ball was crossed in and they scored.

“Fair play to lads because they didn’t panic and just kept playing their football. Despite the rain, the good condition that the pitch is in meant we could still keep playing football.

“We were patient, eased our way back into the game and scored the equaliser to make it 1-1 at half time.

“The lads were confident at half time. We had a good chat and felt we were the better team for the last 15-20 minutes of the first half.

“They came out on the front foot in the second half and scored two good goals. We played some good football and after going 3-1 up, we never really looked in trouble.

“It was a decent performance and it would be nice to get another home draw in the next round. Our lads rarely get the opportunity to play at the Proact and they have shown what they can do on a big pitch with a good surface.”

Spireites: Wharton, Emery, Gibson, Geeves, Wilkinson, Brook, Clogg (Garwood), Fuertado, Smith (Papworth), Moore-Billam (Moss), Netherwood.
Unused substitutes: England, Wild, Tansley.

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