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Allinson: "Confidence is key"

20 December 2016

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A late injury to Ryan Fulton provided Lloyd Allinson with an unexpected home debut against high-flying Bolton Wanderers producing numerous key saves.

The former Huddersfield stopper attempted to play down his heroics, but will be hoping to keep his place as the Spireites enter the vital Christmas period. 

“You could pick out individuals against Bolton, but everyone was unbelievable,” Allinson told Player HD. "Sam Hird in-front of the back four did an unbelievable job. 

“Sam had been out for a few weeks as well which just shows that he was ready to do a job when needed, even if it is not something that he is used to. It was a massive credit to the lads.

“We defended fantastically as a team, from Ched (Evans) downward everyone defended unbelievably. People mention a clean sheet and think it is just the ‘keeper, but it’s not, it’s the whole team.”

The pick of the 23-year-old’s saves came just before half time when faced one-on-one with Zach Clough, Allinson somehow blocked the forward’s strike. 

“When one-on-one there is only so much you can do, so I just made myself big and luckily it hit me in the chest," he said. 

“I was having a laugh with the other lads in the changing room, saying I was trying to get out of the way of it, but I’d never do that it, it was just lucky that it hit me.

“I was hoping he would shoot when he did because I had leaned a little bit to my right, if he had held on to it a little longer then he maybe would have had more space.”

A late first-half equaliser led to the Spireites downfall at Peterborough so the team knew the importance of avoiding a repeat against Bolton. 

“That was one of the main things that was said, we were obviously winning 1-0 just before half time and away at Peterborough we conceded on the 45th minute so today we really dug in." Allinson explained. 

“Confidence is key and we never lost belief, even when we were bottom. But now we are out of the bottom four and that is massive for us. We are just going to keep climbing and that confidence is key. We'll be alright.”

The side have a longer than usual recovery period of nine days before they come up against the trio of Rochdale, Port Vale and MK Dons within a week. 

Allinson said: “We get a few days off now just to recover, but then we are straight back at it next week, obviously it is a big period but we won’t lose that confidence from today, we will be ready.

“With us being down near the bottom, we have just got to put a run together now, winning today has obviously helped us a lot, I am sure we will get a few wins before the new year.” 

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