08:30AM, Friday 28 September 2018
After four days in which Maidenhead United’s players and hardy fans clocked up more than 850 miles, a return of three points was a satisfactory haul according to Alan Devonshire.
The Magpies boss was left frustrated by the 2-0 setback at Barrow AFC on Saturday, but full of praise for his players following Tuesday's 3-1 success at Chesterfield.
Herson Alves scored a brace and Ryan Upward also netted as the
Magpies ignored the tough scheduling of two long away trips in a few days to bag a morale-boosting victory.
Devonshire questioned the wisdom of the National League fixtures, but not the commitment of his players.
“We bounced back well from losing at Barrow,” he said.
“Chesterfield are not in the best of form, but that can be a tough time to play a side.
“We made five changes to the squad and then had Alan Massey go off after 15 minutes (with a groin injury) so there was a lot of disruption to the team, but it all worked out. Adrian (Clifton) and Josh (Kelly) have been doing well, but they were carrying slight knocks and I thought it was worth resting them on the bench.
“I was keen to make a few changes for the match. I try to do that for midweek games.
“It came off. The lads who came in did well.”
He added: “I’m pleased for Herson (who scored twice) as he has had a slow start to the campaign, and James Akintunde and Jordan Archer also performed well.
“As a front three they carried a threat, they were a handful.”
Dev was less than impressed with the awarding of another penalty against his side, which Chesterfield’s Marc-Antoine Fortune scored, and the five yellow cards his players were shown.
He said: “It was not that sort of match, but that’s the refereeing we are coming up against.
“We had another penalty against us, that’s six or seven this year, and we haven't had one.”
He was also left annoyed by the setback at Barrow.
“We didn't show up for the first half and could have been two down at half-time, although we did also have chances.
“Second half we dominated and had we got that first goal, I think we would have won.
“It was disappointing, but I would have probably taken three points from these two long trips.”
The Magpies are back on home soil on Saturday for the visit of high-profile Salford City who are second in the league and searching for a fourth promotion in five years.
“We face Salford on Saturday and then Leyton Orient the week after, so the top two in succession,” said Dev.
“Salford are a fine side who were able to spend £150,000 on a striker who scored 20 goals in the Scottish Premier Division last season, so they are a really good team.
“But it's a free hit for us, we will enjoy it and, after the last two long trips, enjoy being at York Road.”
Dev said that injured captain Massey is unlikely to be fit for Saturday’s match.
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