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Martin: "It’s certainly a step forward"

8 September 2018

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After being held to a goalless draw by Dover on Saturday, Spireites manager Martin Allen stated that it was a “step forward” for the Spireites.

Speaking after the game at the post-match press conference, Allen said: “It’s certainly a step forward, a clean sheet. I’m not sure they even had one shot. I thought it was a bit of an edgy first half, which you would probably expect after six defeats.

“We encouraged them to try and get the ball down and play. At times we did that very well, in the first half we did that nowhere near enough.

“In the second half, we certainly did play with a lot more vigour, a lot more positive attitude.

“We hit the post and the crossbar in the last couple of minutes, and you could see what it meant to the players at the end when the final whistle went.

“Today I thought it was a good performance, especially in the second half. Now we have some positives to work on, rather than keep banging our heads against the wall having lost 1-0.”

Lee Shaw made his full home debut, which made it two consecutive starts for the forward. Allen commented on the energy and positivity that he showed during the game.

He said: “I thought his home debut for Chesterfield was a good day for him. He is full of energy, full of running and very positive.”

The manager then went onto give praise to his squad, mentioning how much effort they had put in during the 90 minutes.

The boss said: “I think today they’ve given everything for our club. They’ve run themselves into the ground. When I saw them after the game, they were all out on their feet.

“In the dressing room, they are really upset. It’s not as if they are carefree and careless. They don’t just walk in the dressing room and talk about where they’re going out tonight, they aren’t like that.

“They’re a decent group of blokes, as I’ve said from day one. I’ll do everything I can now to help them.”


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