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Martin: "We are moving in the right direction"

6 October 2018

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Manager Martin Allen labelled his side's performance as a “step in the right direction”, after the Spireites drew 0-0 in a tight game against AFC Fylde at the Proact on Saturday.

He said: “I thought it was a much better performance from our players. I thought the supporters showed their appreciation at the end.

“It was a game of two halves, with the wind being very strong. We weathered their storm in the second half, we had a few half chances in the second half.

“More importantly we got a clean sheet. The players are a little bit disappointed, but pleased from what we have done on the training ground since before that Maidstone game.

“There is always an element of disappointment when you don’t win at home, but I would say it is a step in the right direction.

“We didn’t get counter-attacked, we didn’t look too open. It was a solid, hardworking, grafting team performance.”

Joe Rowley started his second game in a row, and Allen mentioned how pleased he was with the youngster’s performance.

Allen said: “Joe has been very patient. Looking at the way he is playing at the moment, I should have perhaps put him in earlier.

“It was a game against Lincoln with the lads that haven’t been playing that I saw him play, and for me, I knew he was ready.

“The last two games he’s not only played some nice football, he’s kept possession for us. He has also tracked back, he’s tackled, he’s won headers, he’s fearless.

“These traits in the last two games we have had to show, and he really has stepped up a gear.”

Chesterfield travel to Halifax in a week’s time for their next game in the National League. Allen denied that it is a must-win game for his side, but explained that he’ll take it one step at a time.

The boss said: “I think all of us, the media, the supporters, the staff, the players, I think we all need to recognise it's two games where there has been a fully committed, 100 per cent effort.

“There has been a lot of effort behind the scenes because it hasn’t been very good. We’ve all put in a lot more hours and a lot more thought. We’ve worked out ways in which we need to improve.

“We’ll take one step at a time without talking about ‘must win this, must win that’, we’ll just go and prepare the best we can.

“It’s not a done deal, it’s two draws and two good performances. There’s still a lot more to improve, there’s still a lot more to make better, but we are moving in the right direction.”

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