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Martin: "We’ve got to try and keep that momentum going"

20 October 2018

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Speaking to Spireites Digital after Saturday’s 3-1 FA Cup win away at Fylde, manager Martin Allen stated that after conceding the first goal of the game his side got “stronger and stronger”.

“I think it was an improvement on the draws that we have been working hard to contain the opposition, and today we came here with a game plan to go up against them,” the manager said.

“I picked a very attacking team, to come here and play three up front and attack them. I thought it worked very well.

“I don’t think we started the game that well but as we went on we got stronger and stronger.

“I think it would be fair to say that we deserved to win.”

Allen then went onto praise his players' attitude over a difficult run of games for the Spireites.

“I’m pleased with the overall attitude of the players. The last few weeks have been a testing time with disappointing performances,” he said.

“For all of us, it wasn’t good. It wasn’t good to watch, it wasn’t good to support, it wasn’t good to play in.

“These young players that have stepped up have taken us to another level. I can’t wait for next Saturday.”

Tom Denton was in great form on Saturday, scoring two of Chesterfield’s three goals on the day. However, Allen explained that the forward can still improve his game after coming from part-time football.

The boss said: “He’s still got a lot of improving to do. But when you have come from part-time football, it’s very difficult to come into fulltime training at first.

“It takes time to get up to the levels that are needed and required. We have to be patient with him, he can’t do it week in week out, they are going to struggle with the pace of the game at times.

“He’s only going to get better with full-time training.”

The Spireites face Wrexham at home in their next game in the National League and Allen emphasised the importance of building on the unbeaten run.

“We’ve got to try and keep that momentum going. We’ve spoken about it already in the dressing room,” Allen commented.

“We’ve been waiting for that win for ages - never been this long in my career - but we’ve been playing better.

“The attitude has been different, the style of play has been a little bit more direct, and in the second half when the game opened up we played some good stuff.”

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