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Martin: "Today we played with a great passion"

8 December 2018

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Speaking after the Spireites’ 2-0 win over Salford City in the National League, manager Martin Allen expressed how happy he was with the performance.

He said: “I’m pleased for the players, I’m pleased for the supporters, I’m pleased and happy for everyone at the club.

“It’s been a long wait. We’ve seen good performances and we’ve been playing well, but at times we’ve just not had the luck.

“Today we played with a great passion. It was starting to become hard for all the players to play here. They were finding it difficult with the tension and the anxiety of the supporters, the players, the families and myself.

“I thought it was a fantastic performance from start to finish.

“We’ve probably played against the best team in the league today and we’ve made a great account of ourselves.”

Both the Spireites’ goals came from Alex Kiwomya. The winger scored the first in the opening 90 seconds and the second goal came early in the second half.

During the post-match press conference, Allen praised Kiwomya, by saying: “He’s a great lad and a great player. It was another good signing by the manager.”

Before the game, Allen gave an opportunity to Chesterfield academy product Levi Amantchi, to make his first competitive start on Saturday. The manager was full of admiration for the young forward.

“He gives us a fresh energy, he’s enthusiastic, he listens, and he just wants to play for the team,” stated Allen.

“He’s different to anyone we’ve got. His Paulo Wanchope style of play.

“I’ve been waiting so long. I’ve been waiting too long to play him. I just had to play him today.

“It was an important game for the club.”

The Chesterfield manager finished by mentioning how vital the fans were in the Spireites’ first victory since August.

The boss said: “The supporters have rallied. They energise us. The people here have got great passion.

“It was a great atmosphere. Its why I’ve come up here. They sang their hearts out from the first minute.

“They encouraged, they shouted, and they looked after our players.

“The backing and support we’ve got; it was like we won the World Cup this afternoon.”

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