Chesterfield 'not panicking' as they prepare to face National League leaders Sutton United

James Rowe says Chesterfield are ‘not panicking’ after their defeat to Maidenhead United on Saturday and that he is expecting a ‘reaction’ from his players when they take on league leaders Sutton United on Tuesday night.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 2:43 pm

The Spireites boss believes the loss at the weekend, which was just their third in 17 matches, was a ‘minor blip.’

“I am expecting a reaction tomorrow and I have full confidence that they will react just like they did after the Stockport defeat and we are really looking forward to the game,” Rowe said.

“I think the performances have been that good recently – we have dominated games - that all of a sudden we have had a couple of even games and people are panicking a little bit but there is no panicking in the camp here. It is one loss, there will be more bumps along the way.

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James Rowe is confident Chesterfield will bounce back against Sutton United on Tuesday night.

“There is a real togetherness and there are going to be blips, adversity, I am only 17 weeks into my tenure, we have got to be realistic about this.

“We are blessed to be looking upwards rather than downwards at the moment and if we win our games in hand we are in the top seven which is some achievement from when I took over.

“We have won our last six home games on the bounce, can we make it seven? That would be a great achievement.

“I know tomorrow we are going to have a right go and it is going to be a fantastic game of football.

“What better way to bounce back by beating the league leaders.”

Rowe, who admitted ‘changes will need to be made’, added: “I know this group very well and I know what they will bring tomorrow, I am very confident and it is going to be some game.”

Sutton United have won seven out of their last eight matches and top the table by four points but the Blues, who could welcome back Joe Rowley for the clash, have won six in a row at home.

“We have nothing to fear but they are a very powerful team, they play a lot of forward passes, they try to exploit pace behind, they are athletic, they are powerful, good on the counter-attack and good from set-plays,” Rowe said.