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Martin: "The attitude of the players was absolutely spot on."

15 December 2018

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After the Spireites’ comprehensive 5-1 win over Basford United on Saturday, manager Martin Allen started off by stating that it was pleasing to see his side score goals, in what potentially could have been an awkward game.

“These games are always difficult. We’ve all been on the end of these banana skin games,” he said.

“I thought the attitude of the players was absolutely spot on.

“To score some goals in front of our fans and to get another victory, it’s good.”

The Spireites manager then went onto mention how satisfied he was with how his team kept to the task at hand, by saying: “It was a professional job. We played some good football.

“We tried to play and get it moving because we knew we would have a lot of the ball today.

“A couple of times in the first half they countered on us, but our recovery runs were excellent.

“We got into our shape and stopped any threats to our goal.”

Jamie Sharman came off the bench to make his debut for the Spireites on Saturday. Fellow youngster Ify Ofoegbu was also brought on by Allen, who during the post-match press conference was happy with how both had an impact on the game.

“Ify (Ofoegbu) has done really well in training. For those who went to Sheffield on Tuesday night, he started that game fantastically well,” stated the boss.

“He’s come on today and changed it with a brilliant run to get behind their back four and make the goal.

“Sharman made his debut. That was good to see him come on in the middle of the pitch.”

Lee Shaw scored his first goal in a Chesterfield shirt on Saturday, slotting a right-footed strike into the top right-hand corner of the net from inside the box.

He received a standing ovation when he was substituted, and Allen explained after the game that the forward has been working hard for that moment, by saying: “Lee Shaw getting that goal, and what an ovation from all the supporters.

“I think every supporter would say he’s hardworking, he’s got desire and drive to be successful.

“He does everything he can for the shirt. All credit to him for scoring that goal.

“He’s been desperate, he’s been training hard, and I think that’s another big plus for us.”

Alfie Beestin started Saturday’s match to make his first appearance for Chesterfield since moving to the Spireites on loan.

Allen praised the Doncaster loanee after the win, by saying: “He’s a good footballer. It was hard to play out there with the wind and the rain.

“I thought he put in a really good performance. He can play in various different positions.

“When Curtis (Weston) got a tight hamstring, I had no hesitation to put him in midfield.

“His brief was to get as many touches of the ball and be creative.”

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