Rowe: “It’s not falling for us”

Following the Spireites’ 2-0 loss at home to National League leaders Torquay United, James Rowe gave his honest thoughts on the result.

He said: “My thoughts are that I’m not very happy. The games been played in a 45-yard by 65-yard for 45 minutes of the 55 of the ball in possession and we can’t score.

“It’s not falling for us. We’ve conceded nine goals in the last four/five weeks. Seven of the nine are from set-plays.

“I’m proud of the performance. They are top of the league, but we’ve got to be more ruthless. The actual structure of the game, you can’t do more than that. We weren’t cutthroat enough.

“The work ethic is there. The togetherness is there and it’s clear. We’ve just gone toe-to-toe with the league leaders.

“We need to focus and listen to the organisation because the staff and I pride ourselves on organisation.”

Adi Yussuf replaced Kairo Mitchell in the 52nd minute and came closest to scoring for Chesterfield. The gaffer was pleased with how the striker performed.

“He did well,” Rowe said. “He got a hold of it better than what we had previous on the pitch. We needed that link. He linked it well and should’ve scored. He had a header as well.

“I’m really pleased for him because he’s been biding his time, training properly and he’s unfortunate not to score.”

With just five games left of the season, the play-off race is coming down to the wire with multiple teams in the mix.

Rowe spoke about his side’s chances, saying: “We know if we get the play-offs, it will be a miracle from where we were in December but the chance is here and we can’t throw it away.

“We’ve got to make sure we maintain those performances levels and make sure we focus on set-plays. If we do, I’m sure we’ll go far.”