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Martin: "It was a much better performance"

2 December 2018

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Speaking after the Spireites’ FA Cup exit at the hands of Grimsby Town on Sunday, Martin Allen started by stating that his side created chances and was positive when commenting on the players' attitude.

“I thought we played very well in the first half. We had some good opportunities to go ahead,” said the boss.

“The one on the goal line, how that didn’t go in I’ll never know. We’ve played quite well; it was a much better performance by our team.

“In the second half, we changed our formation and our way of playing a little bit to get that goal back.

“Playing with four up front for the last 15 minutes to try and get something back, even though we were 2-0 down, left us open a little bit.

“We still had chances even right down to the very end.

“I’ve got to say that I think the players today gave absolutely everything they’ve got in their locker.”

Although Allen was pleased with the team’s performance on the day, the Spireites manager was unhappy to go out of the competition.

He said: “It’s a big disappointment to go out of the FA Cup. I thought it could’ve brought a lot of happiness to our club and to take us forward in the league.”

Will Evans came back into the starting XI on Sunday after a period on the sidelines with an injury.

During the post-match press conference, Allen praised the defender's impact and mentioned that the team has missed him during his time out.

“I thought Will Evans was outstanding. Apart from that free-kick which he mis-hit, he was outstanding,” commented Allen.

“Of course we’ve missed him for the past month that we haven’t had him.”

The Chesterfield boss went on to mention why he left Joe Rowley out of the starting line-up, saying: “We changed our formation today to play at home; we went 4-4-2. We played with two wide players with Alex (Kiwomya) and Lee (Shaw) to give us pace and push up onto their back four.

“Two centre midfield players with experience and pace. To play through Tom (Denton) and feed off knockdowns.

“We made some good opportunities with Alex playing much wider. With Alex playing there it was difficult to get Joe (Rowley) in, but when he came on I thought he played well.

“Playing at home we haven’t had enough wins so I thought it was positive to go up against them and in the first half we were the far better team for sure.”


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