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Martin: "It was a particularly disappointing night for us"

27 November 2018

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After the Spireites 1-1 draw at home to Bromley on Tuesday, Martin Allen stated that he was disappointed with the result and his side's performance on the night.

“I thought it was a poor performance. After some good performances away from home, where we’ve played with courage and determination,” said Allen.

“All the traits you want in a good team. We’ve looked well organised and disciplined, we’ve started to look like a good team.

“Tonight I thought it was the opposite. We were poor from the first minute right through till around 20 minutes to go.

“I think it was a particularly disappointing night for us.”

Allen then went onto pinpoint what was lacking from Chesterfield's performance, by saying: “We looked nervy, we looked rushed in possession, we were second to the ball.

“All the good things we’ve been doing away from home, battling and competing.

“We’ve played some good football away from home, on the grass and fast football.

“I put it down to nerves and worry. Same as the supporters, the players are on edge.

“I urged them tonight to put in a good performance for themselves, for the supporters, to take us into a great weekend, but we never got it.”

Chesterfield fielded a young side on the night with 19-year-old Joe Rowley captaining the team.

During the post-match press conference, Allen explained that the youngsters will be inconsistent and it will take time for them to settle in.

“We’ve got younger players now playing in our team and there are going to be nights when it’s not so good,” said the boss.

“Our captain at the moment is 19, and the substitute that came on at halftime is only 18.

“We’ve got players that have been playing at lower levels coming straight into this team.

“There’s going to be ups and downs with a younger group, but I’m just disappointed tonight that we didn’t get the levels of performance that we’ve had recently.”

The Spireites face Grimsby at home in their next fixture in the second round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

After Tuesday night’s game, Allen put forward how he will try and lift the players, by saying. “I’ve left them in the dressing room to have a chat amongst themselves. I’ll go in once I’ve finished in here and have a chat with the boys.

“They’ll be very disappointed with the way they’ve played when we knew the importance of this game.”


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