Martin Allen won't be walking away despite another Chesterfield home game without a victory

Martin Allen is not considering walking away from his job as Chesterfield manager, despite failing to win again at the Proact.

Sunday, 2nd December 2018, 3:45 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd December 2018, 4:55 pm
Martin Allen saw his side beaten at the Proact by Grimsby

His Spireites were the better side for much of today's FA Cup second round tie against League Two Grimsby, and yet they crashed out of the competition with a 2-0 defeat.

It was the same old story, Town playing well enough between both boxes but defending poorly on two occasions to give up goals and failing to create at the other end.

Bar a goalmouth scramble and a couple of routine saves for visiting keeper James McKeown, the Spireites were toothless in attack.

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Towards the end of the game there were chants of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' from both sets of supporters.

But Allen insists the pressure is not getting to him and he's not intending to resign.

"At the end of September when we had a couple of dreadful performances and I'd get in my car and drive home without that feeling that the players are with me, that was definitely a difficult time.

"Right at this moment in time I don't feel that way. I felt very calm, very measured, very level in the technical area.

"I feel upset, but not stressed out right now.

"My teams don't normally lose.

"They win and they fight, we've got the fight but we're lacking that bit of quality that we need."

Allen admitted that the club's owners might not be happy, but again highlighted the need to strengthen the squad.

"We've cut the cloth, cut the costs. We will have to see it out," he said.

"Whether the owners are happy with that, that's their decision.

"But when you play on Tuesday here against a Bromley team that's been together for three or four years and had a promotion.

"I've been here six months and it takes time to put together a proper unit, a proper squad of men.

"At the moment mine is short.

"I'll be the first to admit some of my signings haven't worked, which is down to me, no one else in the football club.

"The agreement is we do need to strengthen this team.

"We need some extra players, we need some better players.

"We're giving away goals too simply and it's putting pressure on these players."

He praised his players for their performance and felt it was an improvement on what they produced on Tuesday night.

"I thought we played very well first half, had some good opportunites to go ahead.

"How one of those on the goal line never went in I'll never know.

"We played quite well, it was a much better performance

"I think all the players have given everything they've got in their locker and we've come up short.

"It was a good performance.

"Full credit to our players and our supporters, I thought the fans today were absolutely superb, after what has been a very disappointing run of results."

As for the angry reaction from the Kop towards the end of the game, Allen defended the supporters' right to voice their opinion.

"Never ever would I criticise the paying public. They come and watch their club, they work their nuts off to earn enough money to come here.

"You pay your money, you're entitled to your opinion.

"I have to deal with that.

"People shout good things, people shout horrible things, people abuse.

"On the whole here the people have been so kind, so nice to me, so friendly and I suppose that's what makes it more upsetting for me personally.

"I feel I have got a bit of a personal connection.

"I wanted to be part of it from day one. I wanted it to be great for them.

"We'll see how it goes.

"Does it knock me? Of course it hurts. I've had a lot of resilience, I wasn't the best of footballers but when I had bad days my dad would give me an absolute rocket.

"I've had it like that since I was a kid. It's nailed into me."