Speaking to Spireites Digital after Tuesday night’s FA Cup win at Billericay Town, Martin Allen explained how pleased he was to see the players being rewarded for their hard work on the night.
“I’m pleased for the players. All the hard work and commitment that they’ve put in to get us through to the next round,” said the manager.
“I’m pleased for all of the supporters that were here tonight, and for all the supporters at home that would have been watching it eagerly.
“It’s a tough place to come and play on a waterlogged pitch. They’re a good side. At the moment they are second in their league.
“They’re a good outfit and we saw at our place that they’ve got some dangerous, attacking players.
“We could have had a couple more goals ourselves in the second half when we had some good opportunities.”
Will Evans was replaced by Zavon Hines in the starting XI just half an hour before kick-off. After the game, Allen stated that it was due to Evans having a bad back and praised young Joe Rowley's performance as captain.
He said: “I only got that call half an hour before the game that Will Evans had a bad back. He was 50/50 and said he could have played if we really wanted him.
“He’s (Rowley) got an opinion, he knows what he wants, he’s been playing well. He’s a big player for this football club, for the future.”
It’s now ten games unbeaten for the Spireites, and after Tuesday night’s victory the manager pointed out that he has seen an improvement from his players.
“It’s another game unbeaten. After the disaster at the end of September, I referred to it a few times now September the 25th,” said the boss.
“I think there’s been a massive improvement in our group. I think we are getting better. Some of the young players are really stepping up into the team now.
“It should give them confidence now. There will be errors from the younger players, it’s all part of their development.”