“I’m delighted about the performance”

“I’m delighted about the performance”

The Spireites recorded a 1-0 win over Eastleigh on Tuesday night to add to the unbeaten run at home and James Rowe was impressed with his team’s performance.

He said: “It’s always about the performance and I think to restrict the opposition to zero shots tells its own story, really. I’m delighted about the performance.

“Credit to Eastleigh though. I thought in the second half when they changed their shape, towards the back end of the game they started getting a foothold. They had a few dangerous set-plays.

“There some really good football. Variation, short, long, and great forward running. The goal has come from a forward run from Nathan [Tyson].”

Tyson returned after four months out with an injury and linked up with Akwasi Asante for the 85th minute winner.

Rowe was delighted at how the two looked up front, saying: “It’s great; Nathan looked very lively. I thought them two looked a handful and it was good change of shape for us.

“The staff and I have got it right to change it to go with two centre-forwards there and one number ten. 

“The temptation is to keep it the same because you’re that dominant, but we changed it and it came off and we’re delighted.”

Rowe made five changes to the squad, leaving the likes of Will Evans and Haydn Hollis out and it was something that the manager had planned for beforehand.

“It’s purely tactical. We’ve been working on a range of things in training,” Rowe said. “It’s not just throwing a few cards in the air and just going out to play.

“We planned for it; we thought we could overload them centrally and pin them in and it worked. As the game went on, they had a few set-plays, but we were in their half for the majority of the game.”

Fraser Kerr made his debut after signing earlier in the day from Torquay United while Jack Clarke and Martin Smith made their full debuts for Chesterfield.

Rowe felt the players performed well and he believes that all will have a part to play in the rest of the season, saying: “I’ve brought players here for a reason. Jack and Martin have both got a future here.

“Jack’s still contracted to Aston Villa and we know that’s up at the end of the season. We don’t know what they are going to do, but he’s a player that needs some love.

“Martin’s the same. They are both very good players and hopefully we will see what the future holds. Obviously, Martin’s got another year here and he deserved his debut.

“I couldn’t believe a player like Fraser was available at this stage of the season. I snapped him right up. He’s only going to add value to us. Experience, leadership, proper defender and also a ball-playing defender and that’s what we want to do.”