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Manager pleased with "much better performance"

7 August 2018

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Martin Allen was pleased with a "much better performance" from his side as two first-half goals from Charlie Carter helped them beat Aldershot Town 3-0 in their first home game of the season. Substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune also scored from the penalty spot.

The boss said: “It was a much better performance than Saturday's game, that’s for sure.

"The players really played with high energy; they were very good with and without the ball. Tonight I think we really put in a good performance.”

The attendance at the Proact was an impressive 4,930, and Allen was left amazed by the level of support he and the team received.

He said: “The supporters, I thought, were amazing. There were times when I was looking around, and I just thought ‘oh my god, this is amazing’.

“I never expected it to be like that when I came up here and the players have loved it. The players have just been talking about it in the dressing room and just can’t believe how loud it was.

“The energy off the field sort of flowed over into the performance of the players and the players responded so well. I thought the players enjoyed it and I hope the crowd enjoyed it.”

The Spireites have come up against two teams that reached the play-offs last seaso, and have beaten both of them, but Martin wasn’t getting carried away after the game.

“There is such a long way to go, it’s such a long competition, this one," he said. "We’ve got so many games to play and so many points to play for.

“It’s a long way to go and our next challenge is here against Braintree, who have just been promoted. Promoted teams are always dangerous and we will once again have to be at our very best.

“Our attitude will have to be absolutely spot on, to make it another special occasion.”

Martin pointed out that before the season started, there was an emphasis on making the supporters proud to be Chesterfield fans by putting in strong performances.

“The work the players have put in off the pitch, around that town, in the area and all of the interviews that we have all done," he commented.

“It was to be positive, leave the past and the negatives behind and come to the football wearing your shirt, proud.

“Getting in your car, going to work tomorrow proud of being a Chesterfield fan and hopefully all those people at the moment are having that feeling.”

Spireites Digital subscribers can watch Martin Allen's full post-match press conference.

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