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Angel: "We have to stay strong."

5 February 2017

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Angel Martinez expressed contrasting emotions following Saturday’s defeat to Oldham Athletic.

The midfielder made his long awaited return to the first team action after a difficult 18-month spell on the side-lines, although it didn’t pan out how he would have liked in terms of the result and being unable to break down a stubborn Oldham side. 

“It was a mixture of feelings today,” said the Spaniard. “I’m happy to be back after a long wait but obviously frustrated for the result. I think we did well, we dominated the game but it wasn’t enough. 

“So we’re frustrated with the result against a direct rival. Hopefully we’ll learn the lesson today and it won’t happen again.”

Angel received a great reception from the Spireites supporters when he entered the field of play in the second half, one he was very appreciative of.

He added: “I’ve been waiting almost 18 months. I was always dreaming of the game that I’d be back, dreaming of scoring a goal or winning so it wasn’t exactly what I thought but obviously very happy for me after all the hard work and all the team 
said congratulations because having a long wait isn’t easy. 

“I want to thank all the fans. When the Gaffer told me to get ready I got nervous, excited and I wanted to get straight to the game but of course it was a positive thing to get myself back and Dan Jones as well who had a long wait too.” 

Angel’s creativity and passing ability has been missed during his long absence and he told Player HD how the manager brought him on to try and unlock the 10 men of Oldham. 

It proved to be a difficult task despite controlling the game, while he was also frustrated with the ‘smash and grab’ nature of the Latics’ winning goal. 

“My job was to keep the balance and help everyone and leave the rest of midfield free to attack. We were trying and trying with crosses but it wasn’t enough,” he said. 

“I think the only chance they created in the second half was the goal but sometimes that happens and dominating the game isn’t enough so we have to think about it and come back again.

“We have a long week to work with them manager and the new players that have come in, so we have to stay strong and face the many games that come in February.” 

It wasn’t just Angel and Jones returning from injury who were added to the match day squad. New signings Sadiq El Fitouri, Liam Grimshaw, David Faupala and Reece Brown all featured, and Angel believes a full week’s training will benefit them ahead of a busy month. 

He said: “They are young fellows, fresh lads. They have been training with us for a couple of days, we have a week now to work together, there’s a lot of jobs to do. 

“I’m pretty confident, we have many players now and many systems, fresh legs, fresh lads and ambition so we have everything.

“I’m pretty confident in the manager and the team and the results will come. We have lots of games in February so it’s a good chance to get points in the bag.” 

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