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Manager expects tough test

15 November 2018

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Martin Allen says the Spireites are expecting a tough test on Saturday, when Havant & Waterlooville visit the Proact.

The manager said: “Any team that comes up is a good team and we’ve seen from Havant & Waterlooville what a decent side they are. I know their manager, Lee Bradbury, very well and he’s done an amazing job on a small budget.

“Every game is a tough one and we have to make sure we’re right on our game.”

The Spireites are on a run of six consecutive draws in the league and Allen points out that their attacking play is improving. “We’ve been improving on that area,” he said, “with our phases of play, trying to use our front players first, after that taking good care of the ball and having some good passages of play.

“It’s been progress since that game away to Maidstone. We went direct with zero tolerance of moving sideways or backwards passes. We got a good result down there and slowly but surely we’re building on that and we’re improving.”

Doncaster loanee Alex Kiwomya has impressed since his arrival at the Proact and the forward's loan deal has been extended.

Commenting on Kiwomya's contribution, Allen said: “He’s done a good job for us especially away from home. There’s still a lot more to come from him but he’s honest, hardworking and has pace. We need to see more from him in the final third in terms of assists, shots and goals."

Allen revealed that Zavon Hines has picked up an injury and is a doubt for the weekend after returning from a visit to London. Hines aside, Allen has a full squad to choose from.

“Zavon has had some time off down in London with private matters and unfortunately, he’s come back with a sore knee," Allen revealed. "I very much doubt he’ll be available for Saturday, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Allen has confidence in other options available to him in attack. “We’ve got other players that can play in that position,” he commented.

“To lose any player it's always disappointing, but we have others that can go in and play and since September our squad's got much younger so maybe it’s an opportunity for one of our younger players to go in and make their mark.”

Meanwhile, long-term injury absentee Robbie Weir has shown significant improvement and has returned to the training ground.

“Robbie has been running at the training ground, which was nice to see. He’s a popular player amongst the group so everyone will be happy to see him back.

“He’s only been doing straight line running; he hasn’t been doing any change of direction so there’s still a way to go, but he is getting better.”

Allen called on the players to encourage the supporters to get behind the team with their performances.

“The game against Billericay, I know it was a draw, but I hope the supporters saw enough from that to see some encouragement for the future and here we go for the next home game. It's got to come from the players."

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