Martin Allen was pleased with the attitude shown by his players in yesterday’s 3-2 defeat at Salford City. Chesterfield twice got themselves on level terms during the game, after going behind on two occasions, but an 89th minute winner from Danny Whitehead won the game for the hosts.
Martin said: “I thought our players had a good attitude. I thought they really had a go and they competed. I thought we were the better team; I certainly don’t think we deserved to lose that game.
“I thought there were a lot of good bits about the game. There were some moments of not so good, conceding a goal from a corner.
“We were not good enough on our own set-plays, when we had several of them being bombed into their box.
“The last 25/30 minutes of the first half, I thought we played very well. That was us back to our best and that is what we have been looking for.
“Second half we had some good chances, but we didn’t take them. And then some costly defending has cost us.
“We’re going to get better. If we had lost and played rubbish and I’m sitting in that technical area thinking, ‘Oh my god we are rubbish, what have I done, what am I doing?’
“I don’t think like that. I think these players are a decent group of players, and we’ll be okay.”
Martin provided an early assessment of the injury suffered by Charlie Carter, who limped off early in the second half. He said: “Charlie has done his ankle ligaments, so he’ll be out from three to five weeks.
“When it’s a good player like Charlie, we are bound to miss him. He’s a goal-threat, he’s got pace, he’s good on the ball. Of course it’s a blow, I can’t deny that.”