Chesterfield Manager Martin Allen is hoping his side can end their slide down the table when Leyton Orient visit tomorrow. Chesterfield were the early pace setters in the division but have lost their last four games dropping to 15th. Speaking to the Derbyshiretimes Allen stated, “we have to fight our way through, what is the alternative? It was just a few weeks ago we had nine points and near the top”
Chesterfield’s fourth consecutive defeat came courtesy of a 1-0 away defeat at Hartlepool on Monday. Manager Allen was disappointed that his were second best in the clash stating to chesterfield-fc.co.uk “any decent team has to be competitive and at the moment we aren’t competitive enough. It’s too milky and flaky and at the moment I’m not really getting what we need”.
Allen tried a new 3-5-2 formation at Hartlepool but had to abandon it after just 30 minutes moving to a more conventional 4-4-2. Despite an improved performance in the second half they couldn’t prevent another loss. Allen highlighted that he had to make a change, “I wasn’t enjoying watching that. It was lacklustre, slow and dull. There was no fight, spirit and I didn’t enjoy”.
- Kept three league clean sheets
- Without clean sheet in last four
- Kept three clean sheets in their last four home games
After back to back relegations for Chesterfield, Allen was appointed in the summer looking for some stability and a chance to bounce straight back up. After the dip in form Allen has been reflecting to chesterfield-fc.co.uk “it’s sure been a testing time, in one way or another we will all for sure be better off for the experiences and the challenges we have faced. We all learn about ourselves in adversity, in how we react and respond”
With four of their next six games at home Allen is hoping his side can return to winning ways when Orient visit. The Spireites have taken six points at the Proact so far this season but Allen is aware despite playing in front of a home crowd, the players have to generate noise in the stands. Speaking to derbyshiretimes “everyone is a little bit quiet, wondering how we’re going to turn this around, the only way is with our shoulders back and our heads up, when the players take the field to lead the way. The players are responsible to perform for the supporters”.
The sides met recently in 2015 in League One with both falling down the leagues. Allen feels that Orient will be right in the mix come the end of the season, speaking to chesterfield-fc.co.uk “they’ve got great history. Justin Edinburgh and Martin Ling have done a fantastic job and they will be right up there in the end”. But he is keen on bouncing back and stated “the players are hurting and they want to make it happen tomorrow”.
Jerome Binnon-Williams returns after serving his three match man while Allen described Will Evans as 50/50. Former O’s captain Robbie Weir should face his old side.
Allen has promised changes from the side that lost at Hartlepool, speaking to derbyshiretimes “I’m going to have to look at how to make our side more competitive. It is back to the drawing board. We don’t need tweaks, it is going to have to be changes, something’s got to happen”.
Last Time Out – vs Hartlepool
Head to Head – Chesterfield 8, Draw 9, Leyton Orient 8
- Chesterfield have only won one of the last nine meetings
- Chesterfield have lost three of their last four home games against Orient
- Last won at home 02/12/2000 – Chesterfield 4-1 Leyton Orient