Allen: Even my dog's told me we've got to get a win

Martin Allen is keen to secure a much-needed win.
Martin Allen is keen to secure a much-needed win.

Chesterfield take on Bromley at the Proact Stadium tonight aiming to break a run of 18 league games without a victory.

The last eight of those games have, remarkably, been draws, meaning the Spireites aresimultaneously on their worst ever winless run but also their best unbeaten run in 12 years.

And although the lack of victories is a concern to boss Martin Allen, he says he's keen not to make too big a thing of it amongst his players.

He said: "The players, I'm sure, will talk about it. I don't talk about it with the players, I talk about performance, preparation and playing the game. Hopefully in time things do take care of themselves. Don't play the occasion, play the game.

"It's bound to creep in. I'm sure it's natural for all the supporters, saying the same thing, all the players' families will be saying the same thing. Even my dog's whispered in my ear, 'come on, Dad, you've got to get a win.'

"If you don't get good performances you never get anything."

Despite the run of results, Allen has no doubts about the attitude of his players and holds no fear of Bromley who are just four places and four points above the Spireites.

"The players care, they're committed, they're giving 110 per cent," he said.

"We've got players who have played with injuries, we've had one who had an injection on Friday night hoping to be fit for tomorrow.

"Every game is difficult in this division. I know Bromley very well, I know their players, I know their manager (Neil Smith) very well.

"He's a top bloke. I've tried to employ him a couple of times, he's a top manager and finds players from all around the lower levels and brings them in to make good teams.

"We need to have a little bit more. Plenty of the same plus a little bit more."

Allen also praised the Spireites supporters for their unwavering support despite the lack of wins.

He added: "Do I want wins, like all the supporters? Of course I do. But the effort and the passion and the care of the players has been similar to the supporters, they've shown the same traits.

"To make 300 people go down to Billericay on a Tuesday night, it's a hell of a journey.

"Then on Saturday, the same group of people I think, 274 went down to Eastleigh.

"It's amazing."