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Martin: "It was a workmanlike, hardworking team performance"

15 September 2018

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Spireites manager Martin Allen felt that his side “totally dominated” Saturday’s fixture away at Dagenham and Redbridge, when speaking to Spireites Digital after the game.

The boss said: “I thought it was a very disciplined, organised, 1-0 away win. Then one moment of madness on the halfway line has cost us.

“It was a poor decision to try and win the ball when he could’ve stood behind and just let the play go out.

“I think they had one shot at our goal in the whole game, and that was from about 40 yards and it’s gone in.

“It's particularly disappointing, but it’s two games now unbeaten after what has been a difficult spell.

“I would say we have totally dominated the game without playing beautiful football. It was a workmanlike, hardworking team performance, which at times has sadly been lacking.”

New signing Tom Denton made his debut for the Spireites on Saturday and the manager was very positive when commenting on the striker’s performance.

Martin said: “I thought he played very well. It was obvious he was going to get tired on 70/80 minutes. We kept him on to help us with defending set plays, which he did in the last ten minutes.

“I thought he did very well. He is a good signing for us and he’s an asset that we do need to use. It doesn’t mean I just want to play route one 'boot it ball'. We’ve still got to get it down and play and move the ball around because we have got good players here."

Denton partnered Lee Shaw up front and it was clear to see the two forwards complemented each other well. Allen was impressed with the connection between the pair during the game and stated that it is a partnership that will continue to grow in the future.

He said: “They are both very hungry. They both absolutely love the opportunity that we have given them.

“They are absolutely delighted to be playing for Chesterfield and I think that is quite an important trait.”

Charlie Carter made the trip with the team but was not part of the matchday squad, with Martin saying that he still isn’t sure whether the winger will be fit for next Saturday’s game against Gateshead. 

“We’ll have to wait with Charlie. He’s working hard, he’s training hard but we have got to make sure that his ankle is 100 per cent.

“He’s come here and (Sam) Wedgbury has come here. We have got a very tight squad who are a very good group of lads.”

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