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Martin: "They showed a lot of courage, they showed a lot of guts"

15 August 2018

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Martin Allen was pleased with the "courage" and "guts" shown by the players in last night's game at Barrow, which saw the Spireites go down to a 3-2 defeat.

The Spireites came from 1-0 down to go 2-1 up thanks to goals from Zavon Hines and Will Evans. Jerome Binnom-Williams' red card in the second half proved to be the turning point and Chesterfield couldn’t hold on to their lead, conceding two further goals.

Speaking to Spireites Digital, Martin said: “We always knew it was going to be a difficult game, it was going to be a competitive game. It’s going to be like that week in, week out when we play away.

“We had the best chance to go 1-0 up, but they went 1-0 up a minute later. We showed a lot of courage to come back into the game, to get ahead.”

Only a couple of minutes after going 2-1 up, Chesterfield were on the back foot, as Binnom-Williams was sent-off for a challenge on the half-way line. Martin had no complaints about the sending off, commenting: “Obviously the sending off was the pivotal point of the game. I think the referee made the correct the decision. I thought it was a poor choice of tackle at that moment.”

Even after going behind and being reduced to ten men, the Spireites kept pushing forward and went close to equalising. The manager was happy with how his team kept going for the leveller right until the final whistle.
He said: “It was frustrating in the end when it was 3-2, it was a brilliant save from their goalkeeper off Charlie Carter’s free-kick. That was going right in the bottom corner, so fair play to their keeper for that.

“The players kept going right through till the very end. They showed a lot of courage, they showed a lot of guts. I thought our players ran themselves into the ground. A couple of eras of judgment in defending, but apart from that I thought we did okay.

“This was a better performance than when we played at Ebbsfleet - we didn’t play well there and won 1-0. Today we showed a lot for guts, a lot more character, fight and spirit, but we didn’t take our chances when they came.”

Sam Wedgbury’s first start for the Spireites came to a premature end, as he was stretchered off with an injury in the first half. Commenting on Wedgbury's injury, Martin said: “I think it would be too early to actually say what it is until we have the scan done, but it doesn’t look good.”

Chesterfield have a chance to bounce back from the loss when they play Salford on Saturday, and Martin has turned his attention to getting his players ready for another tough away fixture. “My focus has to be on our team and our players and lifting those players because they’re very upset, they are very disappointed," he said.

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