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Martin: "We certainly didn’t deserve to lose that game"

5 September 2018

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After his team suffered a 1-0 loss to Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, Martin Allen stated that “basic errors” during the game, cost his side on the night. However, the manager was positive when commenting on the Spireites’ second-half performance.

He said: “We did very well in the second half. First 20 minutes of the first half I thought we were bang average. We picked up halfway through the first half and started to get into the game properly.”

Jamal Fyfield’s early headed goal from a set piece ended up being Boreham Wood’s winning goal on the night. Allen voiced his frustration at conceding another set-piece goal when talking to Spireites Digital after the game.

The boss said: “I’m very disappointed to lose the game. Basic errors have cost us dearly. Another free header from the edge of the box, from a long set play, which is very similar to Saturday.

“It’s something that we have worked on, spoken about, and watched on the video, so that is particularly disappointing.”

Lee Shaw, who made his first start for Chesterfield, was a constant threat to the Boreham Wood defence and the manager had praise for the forward's performance.

Allen said: “He had a very good game. Very unlucky in the first half not to score, and again in the second half, he had a couple of half chances, so that was a good full debut for him.”

After being unable to find the back of the net on Tuesday night, it makes it four fixtures in a row without scoring for the Spireites. Allen pointed out that his side are creating chances, but they need to convert those opportunities into goals.

“We need better incisive passing in the final third, to make something happen,” he said. "Earlier in the season, Zavon (Hines) created most of our goals, from his incisive passing and dribbling.

“At the moment we have come up against a brick wall, but we did have a lot of chances. We had a lot of opportunities here tonight and I thought it was just a matter of time before we scored. We certainly didn’t deserve to lose that game 1-0.”

Chesterfield academy prospect Levi Amantchi came off the bench to make his Spireites debut. The forward made an immediate impact when he came on, putting Shaw through on goal with a clever flick-on.

Allen was encouraged by the youngster’s performance and spoke about how he needed to change things up front after Saturday’s performance against Leyton Orient.

The manager said: “It was a good debut for Levi coming off the bench, he did really well when he came on.

“I decided to change it after Saturday because I thought we were pretty bland up front in that game. Levi scored a hat-trick for the youth team on Saturday morning and I thought he came on and won his headers.

“He’s got good touches in and around the box. He’s fearless, he’s hungry.”  

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