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Martin: "They showed great guts, great character"

29 September 2018

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Martin Allen told Spireites Digital that his side showed great “guts” and “character”, after coming from behind to draw 1-1 away at Maidstone on Saturday.

He said: “I thought they showed great guts, great character. It was a young team. We had certain players playing out of position because we didn’t have anyone else.

“We’ve picked up a few injuries over the last couple of weeks, physical injuries. We’ve got a whole group that are mentally injured.

“Today I thought they came out and really put in a good hardworking performance. It wasn’t always pretty but we played to our strengths.”

Unfortunately for the Spireites, Charlie Carter limped off the pitch in the first half and had to be substituted. The injury looked very similar to the knock he picked up at Salford City, and the manager confirmed that after the game.

Allen said: “It looks like his ankle ligaments. It looks similar to what it was before.”

The Spireites boss then went on to say that even though they squandered a few chances during the game, it’s a positive that he will take into the next fixture against Fylde.

“I think they had one shot in the first half. We must have had ten/twelve opportunities to score.

“It’s better to have that than none. There have been games where we haven’t had anything.

“At half-time, we were scratching our heads and thinking ‘how the hell are we not leading this game and not winning this game quite comfortably?’

“The game should have been out the way, but the player put in a great effort. They showed great commitment, and in the second half when it went 1-1 we defended very well.

“They had a couple of opportunities, but we were also trying to win the game and not just sit on the 1-1.

“Playing on this pitch after the run we’ve had, it was a big performance from our players.”

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