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Martin: "Individual errors at key points in the game have cost us"

25 September 2018

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After his side were beaten 3-1 by Maidenhead at the Proact on Tuesday night, Martin Allen said that the Spireites performed “much, much better” than their last fixture against Gateshead. However, he pointed out that individual errors cost the team dearly.

He said: “Very disappointing result. Performance-wise, I thought we played much, much better than Saturday.

“Individual errors at key points in the game have cost us. Whether there was a handball leading up to their goal, which I thought there clearly was. We still should have defended that better.

“When we got some momentum going, I thought the players showed great courage. From 2-0 just before half-time, I thought we put in a very positive second-half performance.

“To concede that goal just after getting back into the game was a critical moment.”

Allen had praise for the Spireites supporters when speaking during the post-match press conference, and commented on how he thought the fans could see his team try and play good football.

The boss said: “I thought the supporters were very good tonight. I thought they saw that we tried to play good football. They saw that we’ve got caught twice on the counter-attack.

“I thought the fans really got behind the players. I think they will be going home disappointed and upset, but I think they will probably tell that the lads had a go today.”

The manager then went on to mention how disappointed the players were after the game and how he will look to address any issues in time for Saturday’s match at Maidstone.

Allen said: “They’re upset. The people that have made individual errors are very disappointed.

“We’ll all be in tomorrow morning to go through the clips of the first half especially, and the poor defending.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture away at Maidstone, Allen stated that Robbie Weir will not be able to play, after limping off during Tuesday’s game. However, he mentioned that Will Evans will hopefully be in contention to be involved on Saturday.

He said: “Robbie Weir will be out injured; he won’t be able to play. Hopefully, Will Evans will be back for this weekend. He’s come back in good shape after a few days' total rest.

“Overall, there were some good performances, but, of course, the bottom line is when we get back in our cars and go home, we’ve lost a game.”


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