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Martin: "We were the better team"

24 November 2018

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Speaking to Spireites Digital after Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Eastleigh, Martin Allen thought that his side were suffering from Tuesday night’s game at Billericay, but was pleased with how his side battled back to get a point.

“I thought we started a little bit slow. It was maybe a bit of a hangover from Tuesday night on a very heavy pitch down a Billericay,” said the boss.

“It was a game down there that had a big build up. They wanted to be in the draw for Grimsby next week. Everyone really put everything into that game.

“We weren’t as tenacious; we weren’t as competitive compared to what we have been.

“To come from a goal down, then have a lot of chances to go ahead. Yes, we rode our luck near the end, but we were trying to go for the win.

“We were getting in there but it just didn’t go in for us. Overall I would say it was a good performance.”

Jordan Hallam made his presence felt on his Chesterfield debut by curling an effort into the right corner to bring the Spireites level.

After the game, Allen was positive about the forward’s performance, by saying: “I thought he was excellent. It’s the first time he has played in a game like this, especially the competitive nature of this division.

“It’s a bit different to what he’s used to playing in, but I do know when he gets chances he scores goals.

“He gets in the box, he loves scoring and he’s a good signing for us.”

Right-back Bradley Barry was recalled from his loan at Dover in the week, and the Spireites manager was also upbeat on his impact during Saturday’s fixture, by commenting: “I thought he had a really good game. I’m absolutely delighted with him.

“We’ve kept in touch whilst he’s been away at Dover. It didn’t go very well for him there. I did reassure him that when he comes back that he would get an opportunity.

“I’m delighted that we were able to get him out of Dover and get him back. We have really been playing for a couple of months without a recognised right back.”

The Spireites come up against Bromley at the Proact in their next fixture in the National League, and Allen put forward that the team will take confidence from Saturday’s away point at Eastleigh.

“We’ve got another point. We didn’t just create chances; it was an away point at a good team. They (Eastleigh) hadn’t lost for eleven games.

“We were the better team than them. I know they hit the inside of the post, but for the second half, we absolutely bombarded their goal.

“We are getting there. It takes a bit of time, but we are getting better.” 

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