Manager ready for tough challenge

James Rowe is ready for a tough game at Edgeley Park on Saturday (3pm), despite Stockport County’s recent mixed form.

He said: “They’ve had a managerial change and they’re in mixed form. They haven’t scored many in their last few games, but they have created opportunities.

“They have changed their shape a couple of time as well so it will be interesting to see how they shape-up tomorrow.

“We are going to focus on ourselves though. I said before the Notts County game, you have to respect every opponent and know what the challenge will be against a very ambitious Stockport County.

“We are going into the game in good form and hopefully we can continue what we have been doing.”

Chesterfield have recorded back-to-back one-nil victories since coming out of isolation and Rowe has been thoroughly impressed with the squad’s work rate and performance over the past week.

“It speaks volume of the group. They do deserve a lot of credit. The professionalism that they have shown to come back in and put two very different performances like that is very pleasing,” Rowe said.

“The training has been superb. There is a real buzz around the place and we just want to continue our momentum now the best we can.”

It was announced yesterday on the latest episode of the ‘We Are Sailing’ podcast that Curtis Weston had signed a new contract until the end of next season.

Rowe is very pleased for the midfielder and happy with his new role as club captain, saying: “I’m delighted. I touched upon his physical stats, but it’s not just his physical stats in a game and it’s not running for the sake of running.

“He’s played in different positions in that midfield. He’s shown flexibility and leadership. He will move forward as the club captain, as an ambassador for the community. I am delighted that he has accepted that offer.

“I know the board are very happy because he is that ambassador for the community. He is that bridge for us along with some other players. He will lead that process.”