Rowe: “We put everything into it”

Rowe: “We put everything into it”

Following a pulsating 0-0 draw with Aldershot Town at the Technique Stadium, manager James Rowe was pleased with the effort his side put in.

He said: “I’m pleased with how we kept going. We didn’t start right in the second half, but other than that 15-minute spell, I thought we dominated the game.

“The lads have put everything in there and that’s what we want. I can say hand on heart that we’ve got some tired legs in there. We put everything into it and it wouldn’t go in.

“Whether it was a save from distance, whether it was offside or whether it was off the line at the end. It’s just one of those days.

“It happens in football. That’s why we love the game, the unpredictability of it. We’ve tried everything to win that game and hopefully the fans can see that we went to the 95th minute to try and get that goal.”

Despite not being able to find the goal, Rowe drew out more positives from the game and mentioned Haydn Hollis and Curtis Weston as stand out performers.

“There’s other positives, a clean sheet and one goal in two games conceded. I think Haydn’s come in there and showed real leadership, even though he’s not wearing the armband. I think he’s got the best out of Laurence [Maguire] and Will [Evans] as well.

“I thought Curtis Weston was outstanding tonight. For me, the best player on the pitch.”

During the match, the referee made two crucial decisions, showing a red card to Aldershot’s Alfy Whittingham and disallowing Scott Boden’s late goal.

On the decisions, Rowe said: “It was a deserved red card. It’s just one of those; he’s there on the back post and had a loose touch.

“He thought he was going to get his shot off and it’s just one of those reaction ones where he’s gone in. I’m just glad that [David] Buchanan is okay.

“I haven’t seen it [the disallowed goal], but I’m told that he is offside. It’s come off his backside. It’s one of those nights.”

Due to the postponement of the Dover Athletic game on Saturday, Chesterfield’s next game is away at Sutton United next Tuesday night.

Rowe predicts it will be a tough game: He said: “We go to Sutton in good spirits, four from six [points]. Two points a game is promotion form.

“We’re not getting carried away, but that’s what it is. If you start like that from my first two games, it builds momentum.”