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Martin: "The unity of the group is massive"

7 December 2018

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Ahead of Saturday’s game against Salford City, manager Martin Allen reflected on the Spireites’ FA Cup loss last weekend, stating that the team are ‘very disappointed’.

“It’s part and parcel of our job to accept defeats, but it’s our first loss in 12 games and the players are understandably very disappointed.

“The third round brings a lot of excitement to the players, the club and the supporters, but we’ll bounce back.

“They’re a good young group, they are hungry and full of energy. The players put in a very good effort and we matched them for 60 minutes.

We had some good chances in the first half and we should have been out of sight, but they weren’t taken.”

Salford City are currently in second place in the National League, one point behind the league leaders.

Allen mentioned that Saturday’s game will be a tough test for the Spireites, by saying: “We’re playing a great team. They have some dangerous forwards who can hurt us and other good players throughout the team.

“They’ve built on their momentum of being a winning team. We’ve got to be on the front foot from the first minute.

“We need to match up and compete against them. So, when the chances come, we need to bury them.

“I’m going to be the first one into that technical area tomorrow afternoon. I want a great performance from our players and a great performance from our supporters.

“Then, whatever happens, I can leave here knowing we all gave our best.”

Despite not winning in 12 games, Allen revealed what the squad’s mood is like going into this weekends match.

“You’ve seen the spirit of players in previous games. The spirit, the camaraderie and the unity of the group is massive,” said Allen.

“Within the group, it's tight, it’s passionate and it’s close. The desire if anything is too great.

“The way we’ve been playing, the players have fought for everything. If you came to Eastleigh, you could see it.

“With five minutes to go, it looked like their centre-forward was going to tap it in, but Binnom-Williams dived across the 12-yard box with a sliding challenge, it was brilliant.”

During Friday’s pre-match press conference, Allen disclosed that the Spireites will be without Joe Rowley due to suspension.

He also mentioned that the Spireites will be without Laurence Maguire because of a knee injury that could keep the defender out of action for around 6 weeks. 

“It’s a massive loss for us. He’s (Maguire) grown in stature and confidence since the start of the season,” stated Allen.

“He’s stepped in and he’s shown good leadership skills so far this season. He’s a good player and person, it is a blow for us.”

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