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Martin: "I don’t think we played with the same passion."

25 August 2018

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After his side lost 1-0 to Barnet on Saturday, Spireites manager Martin Allen stated that his side produced a “disappointing performance”.

“I don’t think we gave a good account of ourselves in front of our home supporters,” he said.

“I was ok with the performance last week at Salford. A couple of individual errors cost us in that game.

“But today I don’t think we played with the same energy. I don’t think we played with the same passion. I don’t think we played with the same desire and will to win.

“I think it’s fair to say it was the right result.”

Allen then went onto state that he has to take responsibility for the drop in performance levels.

The boss said: “That’s my responsibility, let’s not beat around the bush. I train them, I prepare them and I look after them.

“We didn’t win our battles, so perhaps I picked the wrong team, perhaps I didn’t train them properly.

“I could say ‘perhaps I didn’t do this, perhaps I didn’t do that’, but when you go over that white line you’ve got to win your battles.

“You’ve got to win your headers, you’ve got to win your challenges, doesn’t matter who is playing.”

The Spireites had a number of chances during the game, but couldn’t take them when they came. Allen voiced his disappointment when talking about the opportunities that passed his team by.

He said: “You’ve still got to get your head to it, and go and attack it. We were second best on far too many set plays.

“So that’s frustrating and difficult to take, but I’ll get myself home with the video no doubt, and curl up in a corner and watch it again.”

Looking ahead to the Spireites next game on Monday afternoon at Hartlepool, Allen spoke about how he will try and lift the players, as they quickly approach another tough fixture.

“I’ll have a chat with them tomorrow, and help them in the morning," he said. "It’s certainly not a time to be hitting them with a stick.

“We’ve got some fresh faces to come into the team on the bench, and they will come in. Those players on the bench will be raring to go, no doubt.”


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