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Angel: "We worked our socks off."

22 February 2017

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Angel Martinez played his first full league match for over 18 months, as the Spireites claimed a well-deserved point at the Den on Tuesday.

The midfielder recently returned from a long term knee injury earlier this month and was delighted to finally play 90 minutes and have an impact on the game. 

“I played my last 90 minutes 18 months ago,” said the Spaniard.  “Today was my first ninety minutes since the injury at the same ground so it wasn’t easy and my legs were tired but it was very positive and the lads were asking me to get 90 minutes too. 

“I’m improving my fitness, the knee and everything so I feel very positive after today.” 

Angel was also very pleased with the way the team battled together at a place where he believes very few teams will come away with a result. 

“We had a big effort from everyone, we worked our socks off,” he commented. “It’s a difficult place to play, I think Millwall could be the most difficult stadium in the league so to get a point here is always positive. We were always thinking to get a win and had chances to get the three points.” 

“We knew we’d have a difficult game. We know the way they play and that we had to fight for the challenges. 

“Every single one of us, even the players who came from the bench did their best and gave 100% so doing that I think we can get a win in our next game.” 

The Spireites can take plenty of positives into their next game, which is another crucial home fixture against play-off chasing Oxford United and the 31 year-old knows how vital it is that the Spireites follow up a good result with a win. 

He said: “At home we need three points, no less than three points.

“After today which was a massive point the lads have confidence; we can fight against every team in the league as we showed today, so on Saturday everyone has to be ready to get the three points.” 

There were 112 Chesterfield supporters who made the long trip and Angel hopes the fantastic support continues. 

“We really appreciate the support. Everyone went over to clap them after the game because we need them and I think it’s going to be a fight together. To have that support on a Tuesday night, faraway when people have to work tomorrow is really positive. We need everyone to fight together,” he added. 

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