Boss Allen praises goalscoring Chesterfield debut for Hallam

Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; Vanarama National League; Eastleigh FC v Chesterfield FC; 24/11/2018 KO 15.00; Silverlake Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Martin Allen takes his place in the dougout ahead of kick-off at Eastleigh
Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; Vanarama National League; Eastleigh FC v Chesterfield FC; 24/11/2018 KO 15.00; Silverlake Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Martin Allen takes his place in the dougout ahead of kick-off at Eastleigh

Chesterfield manager Martin Allen heaped praise on Jordan Hallam after the 20-year old Sheffield United loanee capped an eye catching debut with Chesterfield’s equaliser in today’s creditable 1-1 draw at Eastleigh.

“We tied up the deal on Thursday and directly I saw him in training the next morning I had no hesitation in putting him straight in the side,” Allen explained.

“I thought he had an outstanding debut and really orchestrated things on the left for us.

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“He showed great technique in the manner he took his goal. When the chance came along (three minutes before half-time) we buried it in the bottom corner, low on the ground – the type of strike we’ve been looking for.

“Jordan’s with us for the next month, hopefully longer, and is the sort of striker we need.

“Whenever we’ve watched him he’s scored goals.”

Overall, Allen felt a draw – Chesterfield’s eighth in a row and the sixth 1-1 – was a fair result.

“We started slowly. It was disappointing the way we went behind to a corner, but we gradually grew into the game and enjoyed some good passages of play.

“We had the chances to go 2-1 up in the second half and tidy the game up, but the draw was a fair result and it was a good point for us.

“Make no mistake, Eastleigh are a decent side with good players and to come away with a draw was good from our perspective.

“It was fantastic to see almost 250 fans make the long journey down to Hampshire, especially after going to Billericay in midweek and I think they can see we are headed in the right direction.

“We had a couple of escapes at the end when Callum Burton made a brilliant save and then they hit the inside of he post.

“But we were due some luck. We’d hit opposition woodwork nine times this season – and again Sam Muggleton today – so we were due that.”