Allen happy with second-half but frustrated by another Chesterfield stalemate

Martin Allen said his side recovered from a 'naff' first half to put in an improved display after the break.

Saturday, 17th November 2018, 4:38 pm
Updated Saturday, 17th November 2018, 5:44 pm
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He was frustrated by the missed chances that meant another draw, this time a goalless one at home to Havant and Waterlooville. MATCH REPORT HEREAnd the Chesterfield boss was sure his side were denied a penalty during their second half onslaught.

"I didn't think we played very well first half," he said.

"It was an edgy, nervy performance. We wanted to try and play.

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"We started very well but as it proceeded we got nervy, a bit of anxiety crept in.

"First half I thought was pretty naff, second half was a big pick up.

"We kept it very calm at half time and explained the desire and the need to compete before just playing good football.

"In the second half I thought we played extremely well, made some good chances, I thought we should have had a penalty, when the guy pushed our centre-half like that.

"The ref was 10 yards away."

For the second game running the Spireites ran into a goalkeeper in red-hot form, Ben Dudzinski producing a number of top quality saves to deny the likes of Tom Denton, Lee Shaw and Will Evans.

"Could we have done better on a couple of chances? Of course we could," said Allen of his side's finishing.

"Tom (Denton) gives us something different, he was very unlucky, he had a great header from a long throw.

"We hit the bar.

"Fair play to their goalkeeper, he made some brilliant saves.

"Very frustrating but a good second half performance.

"To pull the positives, we're nine unbeaten.

"I would have preferred those to have been wins, but I suppose you could say we're getting a little bit better."

To fans who can't see the positives, after the winless run in the National League was stretched to 17 games, Allen conceded they had a right to complain.

But he once again highlighted the fact that his side haven't lost since 25th September.

"I can fully understand their opinion. I'm not going to argue with any supporter who says it's not good enough," he said.

"I can't sledgehammer that one.

"We won a couple of weeks ago didn't we, at Fylde (in the FA Cup).

"We have to be patient.

"They're doing alright, they're getting better and developing.

"We're now nine unbeaten. When was the last time this club was nine unbeaten?"