Boss reflects on first home defeat

Boss reflects on first home defeat

After his first defeat at the Technique Stadium – a 1-0 reverse against Sutton United – James Rowe gave his thoughts on his side’s performance.

He said: “It was a tight game with few chances both sides. It was a very even game and it was always going to be.

“First half we didn’t move it well enough. I think the goal and the injury disrupted us. It was very bitty in the first half, which suits them.

“We didn’t create too much, credit to them they defended well. Their goalie has pulled off a great save in the second half. It just wasn’t meant to be in the end.

“For the goal, Gavin’s [Gunning] jumping and he’s been bumped from behind. So, Gavin’s headed it off-balance backwards and he’s gone in a and smashed it in the net.”

Gunning and Fraser Kerr were both forced off with injuries in either half and Rowe explained the decisions behind the substitutions and how their injuries are looking.

“I’ve got Haydn [Hollis] on the bench and I don’t want to bring on three left-side centre-halves. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles,” Rowe said.

“Obviously when Gavin went down you could just slot him in there. That affected us a little bit – small details matter.

“It’s a bad one [for Fraser Kerr]. We might have to scan it and see. [Gavin Gunning has] a bad hamstring injury unfortunately. Not a great evening.”

Chesterfield travel to Barnet on Saturday and Rowe is looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats with a victory.

“This is the adversity I was talking about,” he said. “If you want to get to a destination, it is never smooth. Six are in the play-offs and we want to be one of those six if we can.

“It doesn’t just fall apart now; we’ve got Barnet away. It poses a different type of challenge. Hopefully we can put tonight behind us and go again.”