Chesterfield 'showed what they are about' in win against Wealdstone, says boss James Rowe

Chesterfield ‘showed what they are about’ in their 2-0 win against Wealdstone on Saturday, boss James Rowe said.

By Liam Norcliffe
Saturday, 28th August 2021, 6:06 pm

Saidou Khan scored his first goal for the Spireites with a strike from the edge of the box on five minutes.

Substitute George Carline sealed the points late on with a close-range header.

The Blues start the new season with back-to-back wins and clean sheets and Rowe was a happy man at full-time.

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George Carline celebrates scoring Chesterfield's second goal. Picture: Tina Jenner.

“It was a really positive start, we wanted to be on the front-foot and we did that well,” he said.

"We minimised opportunities on our goal again.

"We controlled the space in terms of where we wanted the ball to go when they came into our final third.

"The subs came on and impacted the game and I liked the way we adapted our game when George (Carline) came on.

"We want to start well and get the fans behind us early on and I think today we have shown what we are about.

"We had the better chances and we deserved to win the game.

"I am delighted to get two clean sheets and two wins.”

Khan put in a top display in the opening 45 but had to go off at half-time with a head injury.

Full-back Jeff King was forced off after 15 minutes and is ‘struggling’ to be fit for Monday, Rowe said.

Manny Oyeleke was not involved as a precaution but could be available for King’s Lynn.

On goalscorer Khan, Rowe told the DT: "He is a street player.

"What I mean by that is he is really hard to challenge one v one.

"He can roll away from you, he can run away from you, he can trick you.

"It is the other bits he needs to work on so we are doing a lot of work on his positional play, where he can pick the ball up and where he needs to be defensively.”

But it was a player up the other end, the returning Fraser Kerr, who came in for a special mention from the manager.

"I thought he was outstanding today,” Rowe said.

"He has worked really hard to come back from his severe ligament injury.

"It was the right time for him to come back in and he defended really well.”