Chesterfield manager James Rowe is an old head on young shoulders

James Rowe hit the nail on the head in his post-match press conference before Eastleigh.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 9:54 am

He stressed the importance of not ‘over dramatising’ any adversity between now and the end of the season and I think it is a really key message.

There are 13 ‘cup finals’ before May 29, and maybe a few more if Town make the play-offs, and the likelihood is that they will suffer defeats along the way but there is no need to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Sometimes losses can be over-analysed in the ‘all or nothing’ world of social media, and us in the press are guilty of it at times as well, but this team has shown they can cope with adversity by responding to back-to-back losses with four straight wins and clean sheets on the bounce.

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James Rowe has won 13 of his 20 league games in charge of Chesterfied.

After the defeats to Maidenhead United and Sutton United there was a mini crisis on the messageboards but Rowe remained calm and did not overthink it. It was a bad day at the office at Maidenhead and Sutton defended well on the day. It was nothing more than that.

He is only 37 but Rowe has an old head on young shoulders. You won’t see him getting carried away. ‘It’s just one game at a time’.

We have been treated to some excellent football at times since Rowe arrived but, as he says, it is about ‘winning at all costs’ now and I could not agree more.

Some have described the last four wins as ‘scrappy, dull and boring’ encounters but, do you know what, I could not care less at this stage of the season. When Chesterfield were starring down the barrel of the National League North last season, when they were conceding five at home to Hartlepool United or four at Sutton United, I would have been a cock-a-hoop with four wins to nil.

Of course, if Town can win and entertain then great. But if the next 13 matches are an absolute bore fest but they pick up victories then that is all that matters. Come the end of the season, when hopefully a play-off place has been secured and perhaps even promotion, nobody will remember how they did it. Just that they did.