'We did everything in our power to win,' says Chesterfield manager James Rowe after Bromley defeat
James Rowe said it will be a ‘test of character’ for his players after they slipped to a defeat against Bromley at the Technique Stadium.
Laurence Maguire equalised for the Spireites in the second-half after Michael Cheek gave the Ravens the lead in the opening 45.
Joe Kizzi headed the winner six minutes from time for Bromley in a game which left Rowe frustrated with the officials after the hosts were denied two ‘stonewall’ penalties.
Curtis Weston had a shot cleared off the line and Fraser Kerr hit the post with a header in the first half, while Kerr again and Nathan Tyson went close after the break.
On the performance, Rowe said: “Losses are part of the game and it is a test of character for our group.
“We have completely popped them.
“I have to be pleased with the performance, we did everything we could in our power to win the game.
“We went through, over and round and in possession you can’t do anything else in a game of football so we did everything there.
“We have got to do better for the second goal, it is their only entry into our final third in the whole half.
“But we lost Curtis (Weston) in that period as well and it rocked us a little bit again and we have conceded five minutes after Curtis has gone off so it is another injury blow.
“We should have been 3-1 up at half-time, and the penalty that was not given so 4-1.
“We have got to score one of those three chances, if not all three and then the penalty.”
Rowe felt the Blues ‘totally dominated’ the second-half but they paid price when Kizzi nodded in at the far post from a cross.
“You could say, on reflection, we were not good enough in both 18-yard boxes,” Rowe told the DT.
After full-time Rowe said that Weston, who hobbled off just before Bromley scored the winner, went off with a ‘sore’ Achilles.
And on Gavin Gunning’s absence, he said: “He can’t play three games in a week coming back from a six-week hamstring so we can’t afford to lose him for the long-term. He had to come out today.”