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Martin: "I thought our players showed such desire"

27 October 2018

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Speaking at the post-match press conference after his side came back to draw with Wrexham on Saturday, Martin Allen started with saying how the team played with “drive” and “passion”.

“I thought they played with such great desire in the first half. The wind also affected the game,” the manager commented.

“But I thought our players showed such desire, drive, passion, determination without the ball. When you get the ball there has to be a calmer way of playing.

“We want them to make good passes, but I thought it was just too many tackles and drive.

“In the second half, I thought we played with much more calmness with the ball, which is what we asked for at halftime.”

The Spireites managed to get a late equaliser from a Jonathan Smith header in the 91st minute. Allen explained that the move that created the goal was practised on the training pitch before the game.

He said: “It was a brilliant ball over to the back post, and Jonathan Smith headed it into the far corner.

“I’m pleased to be able to say, they have been working on that move with me for the past four days repeatedly.”

Levi Amantchi came off the bench on Saturday and made an immediate impact, testing the goalkeeper almost immediately after coming on. Allen was full of praise for the youngster after the game.

“I think there’s something different with a home-grown player. I know he’s not from Chesterfield, he’s from Newcastle, but that boy certainly has some magic,” said Allen.

“I could see it today in front of their supporters, who were brilliant, and I thought Levi would be the man down that end and score his first goal.”

It’s now five games without a loss for Chesterfield, however, Allen wasn’t getting carried away after Saturday’s draw.

“Let’s not get carried away, it’s a draw. It’s another point on the board. Am I jumping up and down in the dressing room saying ‘fantastic we’ve drawn with them’? No, I’m not,” he said.

“I’m pleased. I wouldn’t say I’m happy. Some really good performances in our team today. Some really good young players coming in and doing well. That makes me very happy, that makes me very proud.

“All the work we’ve done on the training pitch coming to fruition against what is a good team.”

The Spireites travel to Sutton for their next National League fixture, and Allen was quick to point out that he has players that can come in and make an impact on Tuesday night.

The manager explained: “We’ve seen an improvement; it’s getting a bit better. The progress is being made. That Fylde team we played last week won 6-0 today and we were better than them.

“We were better than Wrexham today and they’re nearly top, so we are moving in the right direction.

“Now it’s down to Sutton on Tuesday, and we’ve got players on the bench that can freshen our team up to play down there.”

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