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Martin: "I thought our players showed great character"

3 November 2018

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Speaking to Spireites Digital after his side drew 1-1 at Harrogate on Saturday, Martin Allen claimed that his side were “competitive” and “tenacious” during the game.

“It certainly was backs to the wall for the last ten minutes. They pushed their centre-half up to centre-forward, and the goalkeeper was coming up for the set plays,” said Allen

“It was probably a bit similar to what we did in the week at Sutton. They threw the kitchen sink at us, and they did it very well.

“They’re a good team, very well organised, they’ve got good players. I saw them against Wrexham and I thought they were very unlucky to lose that game.

“I thought our players showed great character. To come here for our second game on Astroturf in a week.

“I thought we were very competitive. I thought we were tenacious. We were throwing our bodies in the way of everything they threw at us, but from a corner, right at the end we just couldn’t manage to keep them out.”

Jonathan Smith was moved into midfield for Saturday’s match, after playing the last few games at right-back. Smith scored the opener to make it three goals in three games for him, and the manager explained that midfield is his strongest position.

The boss explained: “That’s his best position, and it’s where Evans played away from home at Fylde. He’s got to start playing in midfield.

“He’s a midfield player, and he’s a good one.”

The Spireites next fixture is an FA Cup first round tie against Billericay Town at the Proact next Saturday.

Allen stated that there were plenty of positives from Saturday’s performance to take into the Spireites’ FA Cup clash, by saying: “Our lads have had a really good go. I thought we were unlucky not to win the game. We defended with real valour and desire.

“To come away from home and get a point against a very good team. They’ve had two promotions in two years.

“They are a very well organised, well-run club. I think that’s seven unbeaten now, so we are moving in the right direction.”

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