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Martin relishing Cup replay

19 November 2018

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Martin Allen is looking forward to Tuesday night's FA Cup replay at Billericay Town.

The two teams meet again after drawing 1-1 at the Proact with the winners at home to Grimsby Town in the next round.

The Spireites boss acknowledges that it will be a tough test for his side in Essex. He said: "They've got some very good players, as we saw here. The owner has done a very good job over the years, putting all that together.

"They're well-organised and they've got dangerous players who can score goals. We all know it's going to be a difficult tie."

Martin dismisses the suggestion that the FA Cup is a hinderence, saying: "I love the FA Cup. I love it for the players and I love it for the supporters. It's just a great competition to be involved in."

While pleased with a nine-match unbeaten run, Martin is looking to secure more victories. "There has been an improvement but I'm not happy because we want wins and not draws," he said.

"From my point of view it is disappointing. I think the play that we've had has deserved more points."

"We had 24 shots in the last game and 21 in the previous game. Twenty-four efforts at goal is good at any level."

Zavon Hines remains a doubt after missing Saturday's game with a sore knee. "He's going to have a fitness test when we get down there tomorrow afternoon," said Martin.

"He didn't train this morning but because of his skills and what he brings, we're going to give him every chance to have some involvement tomorrow night. It would be good to have him in our team."


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