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Whitbread: "They’re on a great run"

23 November 2018

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Ahead of Saturday’s game at Eastleigh, assistant-manager Adrian Whitbread reflected on the Spireites’ FA Cup win on Tuesday night, stating that the team showed “guts”.

“I thought it was a very decisive performance. I think we showed a lot of heart and a lot of guts,” said Whitbread.

“We tried to get the ball down when we could play, but maximise our opportunities and play to the conditions as well.

“From a defensive point of view and an attacking point of view, I thought we were fantastic on Tuesday night.”

Eastleigh are currently in ninth place in the National League, and Whitbread mentioned that Saturday’s game will be a tough test for the Spireites, by saying: “They’re on a great run. Only one loss I think it is now in eleven games, and we know the manager very well, Ben Strevens.

“In actual fact when I started my coaching career with Martin he was at Barnet. He’s a great lad and he’s done exceptionally well.

“Only one loss in eleven speaks for itself. You’ve got two form teams going into tomorrow’s game and we’re excited about it.

“There’s a buzz around the place, especially after a win.”

Will Evans was replaced by Zavon Hines in the starting eleven during the warmup just before Tuesday’s FA Cup win at Billericay. During Friday’s pre-match press conference, Whitbread explained that both Evans and Hines will have their fitness checked before Saturday’s match.

“We are still waiting for the physio. Obviously, Zavon came in off the back of still having a sore knee,” Whitbread stated.

“We’ve got a big enough squad, so if there needs to be changes then they will be made if it needs freshening up.”

Whitbread also revealed that Sheffield United forward Jordan Hallam has been signed on a month’s loan, and right-back Bradley Barry has been recalled from his loan spell at Dover.

The assistant manager explained that he and the rest of the coaching staff have been watching Hallam’s performances closely, and hopes that Barry can make an impact after returning from his loan spell.

“We’ve watched him (Hallam) a couple of times. I’ve been up there with Carl Muggleton. He’s a goal-scorer and we felt that he would be a good acquisition to our squad,” he said.

“Knowing that possibly we haven’t scored enough goals up until Tuesday night. He’s a young lad that gets in the box and the times that we have seen him he’s scored goals.

“He’s (Barry) kept his head down, gone to Dover and played a few games. But we felt with the amount of games we’ve got coming up, especially coming into the Christmas period and carrying a few knocks, that it was important that we have a balance.

“You could say it’s like having two new signings.”

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