Chesterfield manager James Rowe praises 'great togetherness' in dramatic win against Barnet

‘Proud’ manager James Rowe said Chesterfield showed ‘great togetherness’ to beat Barnet 4-2 and extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 10:57 pm
Kabongo Tshimanga scored a hat-trick as Chestefield beat Barnet 4-2.

A hat-trick from Kabongo Tshimanga and a deflected free-kick from Gavin Gunning secured the points on a dramatic evening.

Tshimanga tapped-in from a well-worked corner and then grabbed his second from the penalty spot after just eight minutes.

Out of nowhere Barnet levelled with two deflected strikes in three minutes before half-time.

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But Town regrouped after the break and Tshimanga completed his treble with another successful spot-kick before Gunning added a fourth.

“I think for 37 minutes we were outstanding,” Rowe said.

"There was some great attacking play and we were very good on the turnovers because they get into some dangerous positions.

"What was pleasing was the first set-play that we scored from we had worked on.

"The two penalties were stonewall so the referee had done really well on those decisions.

“I think it got a bit too easy so we started flicking things, taking too many touches and then they (Barnet) were turning it over and they have got talented boys in one-v-one situations.

“I was disappointed with the last five minutes of the first-half to concede two in that manner.

"What good winning teams do is bounce back and we did that.

"So for 85 minutes it was a really strong performance but we can’t let that five minutes creep in because perhaps better teams, no disrespect to Barnet, might gain a little bit of momentum from that.”

Rowe added: "Tonight I was really pleased with our front two, I like the way we got them into the game and they caused havoc.

"I don’t normally single out players but what a performance from Stefan Payne.”

Laurence Maguire (ankle) is 'touch and go' to be fit for Saturday against Yeovil.

Curtis Weston went off with tightness late on and has been suffering from a sickness bug.

"They have ticked all five objectives that we set them, on Saturday we ticked none, and that is why we did not win the game,” Rowe added.

"We are in a good position but there is room for improvement.

"I am pleased with the overall evening, great togetherness.

"It was a proud night, superb support from start to finish.”