Rowe reflects on ‘really positive’ performance

Following the 0-0 draw away at Wrexham, James Rowe gave his thoughts on what he described as a ‘really positive’ performance.

He said: “It’s really positive that we got a clean sheet after being sloppy the last two games. That was objective number one.

“Objective number two was can we influence it the way we want to? I would imagine that the play from the stands looked very good. It was final bit again, we didn’t finish it off.

“We completely pinned them in the second half and played really well. The gameplan was perfect and we just didn’t finish it off for the three points.

“We’ve got to take the positives. We’ve come to a team that’s fifth and been the better team for large chunks of the game.”

Danny Rowe made his debut after signing from Bradford City on Thursday and Rowe was impressed with the forward’s performance.

“He had flashes of real good play. The pass for Kai [Mitchell] in the first half, in terms of his play, that pass was magnificent,” Rowe said.

“The one where he slid in Joel [Taylor] at the end for the cross for Nathan [Tyson], the weight was perfect. There were some classy bits.”

Taylor made his first start since the Sutton United game in March and provided a wealth of good crosses and great defensive play.

Rowe commented on the defender’s display, saying: “I just want to single out Joel Taylor. He hasn’t had many minutes at all since the double isolation period. He’s found it tough because Alex [Whittle] has deserved his place.

“Alex had a little knock in training so Joel’s come in. Today, right from the start, he got the better of his man for the 92 minutes. Crosses in the box, defending, it was a pleasure to watch.”

With eight games of the regular season to go, every point is precious in the fight for the play-offs and Rowe believes that they need to set a good platform over the next three games.

“We’ve got eight cup finals left,” he said. “We’re not going to focus on each game. All that matters is where we are at on May 29.

“We’ve got to accumulate as many points as we can in the next three games to give us that platform to spring into those play-off spots.”