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Martin: "It took far too long for us to get into the game"

27 August 2018

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After a disappointing and frustrating 1-0 loss away to Hartlepool on Monday, Spireites manager Martin Allen spoke to Spireites Digital after the game. The boss labelled his team’s performance “slow” and “dull”, in a game where Hartlepool’s Nicky Featherstone’s 17th-minute strike gave the home side the victory.

Martin said: “We didn’t play well in the first half. In particular, the first 30 minutes were very disappointing. It was a very poor performance.

“Second half was much improved. Ten minutes before half-time we settled down and played much better, but it took far too long for us to get into the game.

“We played very well in the second half, but without managing to create too many chances.

“Obviously the outstanding question is what happened at the beginning, and yes it was disappointing.”

The manager made an early substitution during the game, as defender Will Evans was taken off for winger Kyel Reid just after the half-hour mark. Martin stated that he had to change something, as he thought his team underperformed in the opening half hour.

He said: “We had to change something, I wasn’t enjoying watching that. It was lacklustre, slow, dull. There was no fight, no spirit and I didn’t enjoy it.

“The amount of times we were being passed around and played through. I thought it was just a matter of time before they scored again.”

Defender Haydn Hollis made his Spireites debut and Martin was happy with the new signing's performance.

The boss said: “He’s a good player. He played well. It’s his first game for a couple of weeks and he did play very well.”

Martin then went on to comment on how he will look to change things ahead of Chesterfield’s next game, at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday.

“We’ll have to make more changes," he said. "When you stand in that technical area, and the last thing you talk to the players about before they go out is commitment.

“Any decent team has to be competitive and at the moment we aren’t competitive enough.

“Our games that we’ve won and our performances in pre-season, we won our battles all over the pitch.

“At the moment for me it’s too milky and too flaky, and at the moment I’m not really getting what we need.”

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