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Martin: "It should be a very exciting game"

8 November 2018

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Martin Allen is looking forward to Saturday's FA Cup at home to Billericay Town, although he acknowledges the threat posed by the National League South leaders.

Commenting on the opposition, the Spireites boss said: "They've had two promotions in three years and any team that gets promotion is a good team. The owner has pumped a lot into that club and they're on the up, there's no doubt about that. 

"We're up against a good team and a well-run club in Billericay. Are we favourites or are they favourites? Well, it's the FA Cup and when it comes to FA Cup day from my past experiences, it doesn't really matter what league you're in. The FA Cup is a great leveller, right across the board.

"They're on a winning momentum and when teams are on a winning momentum, they're always dangerous to play against. But we've also got a bit of momentum going at the moment, thankfully, so it should be a very exciting game."

Last week's 1-1 draw at Harrogate Town extended Chesterfield's unbeaten run to seven games, but Martin points out there is still plenty of work to do to get things right.

He said: "There has been an improvement but we've still not ticked all the boxes, that's for sure. We're moving in the right direction and the players are in a good place. We just need tweaking a little bit."

Martin is pleased to have secured the signing of Jonathan Smith from Stevenage on a permanent basis after seeing the midfielder make a good contribution in recent weeks, including scoring three goals in the last three games.

"Another club had come in for him so we had to rush that one through and try and get it done pretty quick," said Martin. "He found about it and turned it down to stay here so that was a relief.

"He's done very well and he has been a good signing. He's fitted into the team very well and his goals have been a bonus."

Spireites Digital subscribers can watch the full pre-match press conference here.

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