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Martin: "The team played with great commitment"

13 October 2018

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Spireites manager Martin Allen said that his side played with “commitment” and “passion” to come back from a goal down to draw at FC Halifax Town on Saturday evening.

Martin commented: “I thought the team played with great commitment, with passion. At times we could have had better quality, but I think we decided a couple weeks ago that first and foremost we need to go back to basics to try and improve the situation.

“We played to Tom (Denton) to try and get knockdowns and get people running in behind him. It didn’t make it easy today with the wind blowing all over the place.

“I think we are making progress. I was disappointed with the goal we conceded when our centre-half completely missed a header.

“Prior to that, I don’t think they had hardly any chances. We had one cleared off the line after 30 seconds when it just hit him on the line.

“We’ve had numerous moments like that over the past couple of months, but we’ve just said in the dressing room, it’s certainly not a day to celebrate but it’s certainly progress from where we were a month ago.”

Tom Denton scored his first Chesterfield goal to equalise with just over ten minutes to go, however, Martin said he was just a few moments away from being substituted before scoring.

He said: “He was going to come off about five seconds before. I thought he ran his legs off. We were going to put Marc-Antoine Fortune on, who is a good goal scorer and was a little bit unlucky not to play, and lo and behold he bangs it into the top corner.

“I can’t fib, we were going to make that change, but more importantly it’s good for him. Everyone seems to forget he was doing plastering five, six days a week.”

It’s now three draws in a row for Chesterfield and Martin outlined what his team need to do to be able to get over the line and win matches.

The boss said: “It’s fine margins. We’ve certainly stepped up our work rate, and attention to detail, with extra sessions on the training pitch, extra sessions in the video room.

"We’ve had the back four, goalkeeper and Joe Rowley in position so we are getting some continuity in the team.

“There is room for improvement, but we are starting to look like a team. It’s looking better, it’s getting better.

“We have to keep learning; we have to keep working. What I’m pleased about is after going 1-0 down on the counter-attack, there was every opportunity that that group of players could’ve sulked and gave up, but they didn’t.

“They fought back and it takes a lot of courage to come from behind when you’re away from home.”

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