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Boss looking for improvement

6 August 2018

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Martin Allen is looking for an improved display from his players when he takes charge of his first competitive home game as Chesterfield manager on Tuesday night, against Aldershot Town.

Following on from Saturday's 1-0 victory at Ebbsfleet United, Martin pointed out the improvements that need to be made. He said: “Right the way through the whole team, front to back, we need to be better without the ball and better with the ball.

"You will probably hear me say this every week, to be fair. I don’t think I’ll ever be settled down and happy and saying that we’ve ticked all the boxes.”

Martin explained that Jerome Binnom Williams' absence on Saturday was due to injury, but he is now back to full fitness. “He trained this morning and he’s okay," said the Spireites boss. "He was nearly fit for the weekend but anyone can play in our team so I just told him to stay at home with his new-born baby and not risk the little knock he has had.’’

Aldershot’s visit will see Martin reunited with a familiar face in manager Gary Waddock. He said: “Their manager is an excellent manager; he was my assistant for a couple of years at Barnet. He’s a fantastic coach.

"I call him ‘Gary 101 Waddock’ because he got 101 points with Aldershot so that tells you how good a manager he is. He had a shoe-string budget and managed to get them into the play-offs last season.

“They had a really good result on Saturday against a good Barnet team. They are a play-off team, they will be in the play-offs again with him, no doubt about it. They play great football, they're great to watch, he’s a great manager and a great man. I can’t wait to see him in my office after the game.

"We will need, without a shadow of doubt, to be absolutely on the top of our game, on and off the field, to get something from the game. It will be a very difficult game.”

Martin was delighted to see fans queueing outside the Club Superstore on Monday morning, waiting to buy tickets for the game. He added: “I had a smile to myself and thought 'that’s amazing'.

"I came back and told the players to go down and meet all the supporters who were queueing to buy tickets. We got all the players back in and said 'this is the power of what you do'.’’

To view the pre-match interview with Martin on Spireites Digital, please click here.

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