Rowe reflects on goal-less draw

Following the 0-0 draw with Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, James Rowe gave his honest assessment of the game.

He said: “It’s a point. A clean sheet, positives. We couldn’t get going in the second half partly because I’ve never known the whistle to be blown as much, partly because of our poor ball speed.

“They also set up well to defend and stifled us a little bit. We’ve got to score one of those chances in the first half. We had two clear-cut ones for me.

“It didn’t quite happen and when we had momentum, Akwasi [Asante]’s injury affected us, and I don’t think we recovered properly.

“They ground us down and had some set-plays at the end, but credit to our lads any ball that was in the 18-yard box, we got first contact. Restricted them to any chances in the game and it’s a nil-nil.” 

Asante was taken off in the second half due to an injury suffered in the 64th minute and Rowe gave an update on the forward.

“He’s a confident lad and he’ll keep getting in there. You saw the way he’s got injured. He didn’t shy away from that chance.

“It’s a knee injury. He’ll need a scan; it’s not looking good. I’ll update about the injury as and when,” Rowe said.

Kairo Mitchell and Manny Oyeleke made their debuts in the game and Rowe believes they played well and there is still more to come from the new signings.

“Kairo tried,” he said. “I think he had his best patches before Akwasi got injured, he really looked a threat. Manny showed his bits of quality and his strength.

“A difficult game for them to both come into and they’ve conducted themselves well and fit into the group really well. There’s more to come from both of them.”