Chesterfield's win against Eastleigh overshadowed by 'serious' injury to Haydn Hollis

Chesterfield’s fourth straight win was overshadowed by a ‘serious’ injury to defender Haydn Hollis.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 7:00 am

The 28-year-old, who recently signed a new contract, hobbled off after 30 minutes against Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium on Good Friday and manager James Rowe revealed after the game that it was his achilles.

“It is a serious one,” Rowe said. “I will be able to update you more next week.”

Substitute Liam Mandeville struck the winner just after the hour when he acrobatically turned the ball into the net after the Spitfires failed to deal with George Carline’s long throw.

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James Rowe.

The victory is Town’s fourth in a row and fourth consecutive clean sheet and cements their place in the play-off positions.

After a difficult first-half, Rowe changed to four at the back and brought Nathan Tyson on to partner Akwasi Asante up front and the move paid off.

“I think if I had kept it the same at half-time we would have struggled in the second-half,” Rowe said.

“Credit to them (Eastleigh) because without a left-sided centre-half you can’t play out and they trapped us in.

“We have worked on that (changing to a back four) in training and it worked out well.

“The box (in midfield) worked in previous games but we did not get much success so we identified it and changed it at half-time.

“The change of shape brought a new lease of life in the team.

“It was comfortable in the end but in the first-half it was too bitty, lots of stoppages and no rhythm.”

He added: “Credit to the lads because in the second-half I thought we dictated play, we created chances and we certainly should have scored more than the one.

“It was an impressive reaction at half-time.”

Mandeville took his goal really well and Rowe would like to see more consistency from him now.

He explained: “I thought he was quality and that is what he can do. He needs to string that together now. It can’t be a performance like that from Liam and then he is off it in the next game. He needs to string his performances together because he has got a bright future because people forget he is only 24. How he has moved his body to volley it, it was a really classy goal.”