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Martin praises patient fans

11 August 2018

Martin Allen praised the "patient" fans after a well-taken second-half goal from midfielder Curtis Weston gave Chesterfield a 1-0 win against Braintree Town to extend their winning start to the season.

The first half was tight, with both sides finding it difficult to create chances. After the game, Martin commented on how he changed things at half-time.

The boss said: “We had a nice chat. We didn’t get the paint off the walls. We said, ‘you all know you can play a bit better’.

“I thought the crowd were very patient with us today; it’s not always going to be magic.

"Today in that first half we didn’t have that magic, it was deflated. In the second half I thought we upped our game.”

Weston’s goal was a delightful chip over the onrushing Braintree keeper and the manager was impressed with how the midfielder took his goal and said how much of a relief it was to see it go in.

“It was a top, top finish from Weston, just lifting it over the goalkeeper in front of the 'drummer boy' end. It was a great moment, it was a relief moment, it was a 'Whitbread moment'.”

The Spireites are yet to concede a goal this season and the boss was pleased with the defensive display. However, he still wants his side to improve on their performances so far this season.

He said: “It was encouraging, but they still had a chance today - it was a great save by our keeper - so we’re going to have to work on that. We’ve got to improve; we’ve always got to improve.

“We’ve got to get better and we will get better. This has only just started, this place has only just started to rock and roll.”

Martin also paid tribute to his assistant manager Adrian Whitbread, who was taken to hospital this week and is now on the road to recovery. “A very important member of staff, who was very close to all our players, being rushed into hospital just before the Aldershot game," he said.

"He’s very close to the players and it’s had a massive cloud over the dressing room. It’s taken us all back big time. It’s been hard for me; it’s been hard for the players.”


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