Victory delights manager

Victory delights manager

After the Spireites’ 1-0 win away at Aldershot Town, James Rowe expressed his delight at the back-to-back victories and clean sheets.

He said: “I’m delighted with the clean sheet. To minimise them to six or seven shots in the whole game is impressive.

“We completely controlled the first half. Second half, away from home, midweek, you know what’s coming and we defended resolutely.

“There was the little clever header from Haydn [Hollis]. He knew it as soon as he did fortunately, we got away with that one. I don’t want to focus on that little bit.

“Other than that, we’ve come a long way. Coming to places like this, keeping a clean sheet and really winning comfortably.”

Alex Whittle scored the winning goal in the 26th minute, his first goal for Chesterfield since he joined the club in December.

Bringing the wing-backs into the attack is something that has been planned, with Rowe saying: “We have been working on that in the last couple of days. 

“We knew with their diamond [formation], they don’t track the wing-backs and they narrow off as a back four when deliveries come in. 

“We knew that we would get chances. George [Carline] had a couple of chances as well at the back stick. It’s something that we have worked on and I’m delighted for Alex to get the winning goal.”

The Spireites welcome Weymouth to the Technique Stadium on Saturday and Rowe knows that they have to train hard and respect the opposition.

“We’ll enjoy this, enjoy it on the coach on the way home,” he said. “Day off tomorrow. Training very hard Thursday and Friday. Then ready for Saturday and make sure we pick the right team.

“Because the fixture list is all over the place [Weymouth] have had a rest tonight so we know what is coming. They’ve got nothing to lose and are playing with freedom. We have to respect them.”