“We need to start with energy and we need to play with enthusiasm”

“We need to start with energy and we need to play with enthusiasm”

Ahead of the Spireites’ midweek National League clash away at Woking, manager James Rowe reflected on his side’s late draw with Torquay United.

Speaking to the media, he said: “We didn’t lose the game. It feels like a defeat and we’re more frustrated than anybody.

“The supporters voiced their frustration as well. In general, I agree with [Gary Johnson’s] reflection on the game that we were probably the better team.

“However, we need to learn to shut out a game properly. The final phase on the second goal in unacceptable. We know and we’ve to learn and learn quickly.”

Woking have only played at home once so far this season and Rowe acknowledges that their form might be patchy but their expectations for this season are much higher.

“I know the club quite well because I was at Aldershot. It’s a really well-run club and I’m looking forward to going back there. Their expectations are higher as they are now full-time,” the gaffer stated.

“Woking are very much in our eyeline. They’ve been inconsistent with their form partly due to their last break that they had.

“We need to start with energy and we need to play with enthusiasm. We need to put right what went wrong the other evening.

“There will be a lot of high energy to start with and we need to make sure we build a foundation from the back, which we have away from home so far.”

Manny Oyeleke missed the game against Torquay through injury and will be evaluated ahead of kick-off.

Rowe said: “[Manny] is training today. On Saturday he was 50/50 and he is still 50/50 at the moment because he has got to get through certain things today for him to be available tomorrow.

“We will wait until the last minute on that one and make a decision tomorrow evening.”

Laurence Maguire returned from injury for the Torquay game and played the full match but Rowe admitted that Woking could be a step too far for the defender.

“Laurence got through the 90 minutes [on Saturday],” he said. “I thought his performance was very strong.

“Two quick games in three days might be too much for him. Again, we will assess him today. I will talk to him and see how he feels.”