“It’s a day to remember”

“It’s a day to remember”

After 445 days without fans inside the Technique Stadium, manager James Rowe gave his thought on what was an emotional 2-1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge.

He said: “It was all emotions today. The main thing was that I wanted the supporters leaving and being proud of the club.

“I think the players have done them justice today. It’s a day to remember for supporters, returning after such a long time.

“We wanted to put a performance on to match that and we did that. I needed some glue on my chair because I’m not allowed to leave my chair at all.

“I didn’t. I managed to survive. It will be better in the dugout, I’m sure, but it was a great atmosphere. I’m proud to manage this club and it is only the beginning.”

Danny Rowe scored twice to keep the Spireites in the play-off places and Rowe believes his team bounced back really well from the first-half setback.

“We bounced back really well from their goal,” Rowe said. “They probably scored against the run of play, to be fair to them.

“They then had their best passage of the game and we hung in there. We then scored against the run of play to equalise.

“A draw at half time was probably fair but the second half, I felt a goal was coming and it came. The fans really had an influence in that late goal, the penalty.”

Chesterfield and five other teams fight for two remaining play-off spots on the final day and the gaffer imagines that the week-long break will help his team.

“I think the break without a midweek game showed. We had much more energy. Obviously, energy can come from the stands as well.

“That was a double factor to our performance, and we will do the same again. Rest down a little bit and then hit some more ready for the big one on Saturday,” he said.