“The boys didn’t deserve that”

“The boys didn’t deserve that”

James Rowe gave his post-match thoughts after the Spireites fell to a 2-1 defeat to Bromley at the Technique Stadium.

He said: “It’s hard to collect my thoughts, the boys didn’t deserve that. We’ve got to do better for the second goal. It’s their only foray into our final third in the whole half.

“We should have been 3-1 up at half time and the penalty that wasn’t given so that’s four. We’ve got to score one of those three chances – if not all three.

“The lads have rejuvenated themselves. A bit of a lull at the start of the second half. Other than the first five minutes, we completely dominated them.

“You could say on reflection we weren’t good enough in both 18-yard boxes. Other than that, the performance was very good.”

Rowe gave a devastating update on the injury Akwasi Asante suffered against Boreham Wood in midweek.

“It’s been a heart-breaking few days,” Rowe said. “He’s out for nine months. He’s ruptured his ACL. We’ve been dealing with that as a group.

“He wanted us to win today, obviously. He gave his best wishes for all of the lads. The lads gave it their all for him.

“He has been class since he’s been here – as a human being as well. That’s football unfortunately and it’s gut-wrenching.”

Curtis Weston was forced off in the latter stages of the game with an injury and Rowe gave an update on the midfielder.

“It’s his Achilles and it doesn’t look great. We lost Curtis in that period [the second goal] as well. It rocked us a little bit.”

Chesterfield are two games without a win and face fellow play-off contenders Halifax Town on Tuesday night. The gaffer explained what his side need to do from now until then.

“We have to take the positives from the game and we take it into Halifax, who are going to give it a right go,” he said.

“It’s another big game and they come thick and fast. We’ve got to pick ourselves up. Losses are a part of the game.”