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Martin: "There's no divine right for us to win any game"

16 August 2018

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Martin Allen has reiterated the fact that the National League is tough, saying that the Spireites have "no divine right to win any game".

In his pre-match press conference, ahead of Saturday's game at Salford City, Martin said: “It’s a long season, it’s a long competition and there’s going to be ups and downs. There’s no divine right for us to win any game.

"I warned at the beginning there’s no easy games. All the games are going to be tough wherever we go and whoever we play against.”

Commenting on his decision to sign Kyel Reid, the manager said: “It will give us a bit of width and a bit of pace and he’s a good player.

"We’ve been chatting with him for a couple of weeks and then my boss called me yesterday morning and said that we can do it - which was nice because it’s usually me ringing the other side - so we got that done last night. He trained with us this morning and he’ll go straight into our squad for Saturday’s game.”

Martin also provided an update on Sam Wedgbury, who suffered an injury in the defeat at Barrow in midweek. He said: “Sam Wedgbury's got a pretty serious knee injury and he’s going to be out for a long time.”

Martin acknlowedged the impressive support from the fans, saying: “It’s brilliant. We’ve got 1,300 supporters travelling up there and I’m sure the supporters are excited about it.”

When asked about Salford's rise through the divisions, funded by former Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Phil Neville, Martin said: “I’m not sure it’s about the money they’ve spent, it’s the fact they’re Manchester United legends, really.

"All of us have watched those fantastic players playing for England and for Manchester United and we all admire them. The fact they’ve kind of got their own club now is exciting.

"What they’ve spent on their players, I’ve got no interest in that. It doesn’t faze me in the slightest - good luck to them and good for them. They’ve had a meteoric rise, four promotions in five seasons and they’ve done remarkably well. It’s a fantastic story.”

Spireites Digital subscribers can watch interview with Martin.

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