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Martin: "I thought we gave a good account of ourselves"

22 December 2018

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After the Spireites’ 3-1 away loss to Leyton Orient on Saturday, Martin Allen began by stating that despite the defeat his players performed well against the top of the table side.

“I thought they started really well. We found it very difficult to cope in the first ten minutes, which we probably expected coming to the team at the top of the league,” said Allen

“After going 1-0 down I thought it was a very good response from the team.

“We were more than a match for them. There certainly wasn’t a massive gulf between the two teams.

“Overall I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. When it was 1-1, Tom Denton’s header from four yards.

“Whether it went over the line or not, it’s really got to go in from four yards out.

“When you come to these places you’ve got to take those chances.

“After that, going behind 2-1 we changed our formation to try and force an error, but it wasn’t to be.”

Sam Muggleton replaced the injured Bradley Barry at right-back, but was substituted at half-time for Alfie Beestin.

Allen went onto explain the tactical change, by saying: “We needed more creativity in central midfield, and they were very strong down the left-hand side with their centre-forward.

“We’ve obviously missed Bradley Barry today. Muggleton did do well today, it was a tough game for him against those top quality players.

“He did well, but at half-time, we decided to put Jonathan Smith over there and unfortunately the problem continued.”

Alex Kiwomya scored a well-taken header in the first half to take him to four goals in three matches.

Speaking to Spireites Digital after the game, Allen put forward that the winger’s goal and the performances of others in the team will be positives they can take forward into their next fixture.

“Another good goal from Alex, and some good performances in our team.

“Lee Shaw today was absolutely outstanding up front and out on the right wing.

“We changed our formation to get back into the game, so that was good work from us.

“To make the goal happen with Shaw on the right and Kiwomya coming through the middle, that worked really well.”

The Spireites boss then confirmed that Kiwomya picked up a hamstring injury during the game, by explaining: “We’ll have to find out now how bad his hamstring is.

“We’ll probably lose him now, which is going to be a blow that we’ll have to deal with.”

The Spireites now look to bounce back when they face Solihull Moors at the Proact on Boxing Day.

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