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Martin: "It was a very disappointing afternoon"

26 December 2018

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Despite the 4-0 loss to Solihull Moors, Martin Allen thought the Spireites had some “very good passages of play” but also insisted it was a “very disappointing afternoon all-round”.

“I thought it was a very disappointing afternoon all-round. The first ten minutes, I thought our performance from defending set-plays, long balls, direct balls was appalling,” said Allen.

“We picked up a little bit after that. We made some good chances, we made some good patterns of play. But, every time they went forward, I thought they were going to score.

“It was an opportunity for some players coming into the team, who hadn’t been playing.

“I was expecting and hoping that they would come in and keep to the same standards that we had been playing to. But the standards were nowhere near it.

“There were some very good passages of play, we kept the ball on the floor and moved it around. Obviously, we didn’t have [Tom] Denton up front today as an out ball.

“We played some really good stuff, but once again when that ball goes between the penalty spot and six-yard box, you’ve got to have people breaking their neck to get through that line to convert those chances.”

Allen went onto talk about the possibility of players returning for the Hartlepool United match on Saturday.

The Spireites manager stated that Tom Denton, Alex Kiwomya, and Bradley Barry all could be in contention to be part of Saturday’s squad.

“We’ll have another fitness test with Denton and Kiwomya. Bradley Barry will be fit now. So, those three hopefully will be fit for the weekend,” said the boss.

“Maybe some of the others need a chance. But there aren’t many others left, because we’ve used just about everyone in our locker.”

The Spireites will face Hartlepool United in their next National League fixture at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

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