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Martin: "I love the magic of the FA Cup"

18 October 2018

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Martin Allen spoke about the "magic of the FA Cup" in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's trip to AFC Fylde, insisting that Chesterfield are taking the competition seriously.

Martin said: "It's great for the supporters and great for the football club. Potentially, financially, it's massive. 

"I love the magic of the FA Cup, since watching my cousin Paul Allen at Wembley - the youngest player ever to play in the FA Cup final. It was an amazing day.

"I've had a couple of good runs in it myself as a player and as a manager. It's a great competition to be involved in and of course this football club has also had some great times in the FA Cup. We need to bring those times back here."

Martin stressed that he will not be using the game to experiment with his line-up, saying: "Our commitment to the competition is 100 per cent. Anyone that's going to Fylde on Saturday will see that we prepared properly. We're going to pick our best team; there's no squad rotations for this one, that's for sure."

The two teams fought out a goal-less draw at the Proact earlier this month and Martin was impressed with AFC Fylde.

He said: "I think they're the best team we've played so far this season. They were very good against us. It's going to be a very difficult game, but it's the magic of the FA Cup, so in the FA Cup anything can happen.  

"I would imagine that they will be going into the game as the favourites. We're the underdogs and it gives us a good chance to put to pit our wits against what I would say is a very strong team."

Tom Denton, who scored his first goal for the club at Halifax last weekend, is rated "50/50" due to a knee injury. "He'll have a fitness test and if he's not fit, Marc-Antoine Fortune is ready to come in," said the Spireites boss.

Martin says that teenage striker Levi Amantchi will be in the squad after signing his first professional contract this week. The Spireites lost Joshua Kayode, who returned to parent club Rotherham United after a spell on loan.

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