'We will need to improve if we want to achieve anything', says James Rowe after Chesterfield hit four past Woking

James Rowe was not totally satisfied with Chesterfield’s performance despite scoring four goals in the win against Woking and said he does not want the Spireites to ‘forget their identity.’

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 10:43 am
Spireites manager James Rowe. Picture: Alan Palmer.

Town scored three times in the first-half with Gavin Gunning Marcus Dinanga and George Carline all finding the net from Tom Whelan corners.

Charlie Cooper scored from the spot in between the strikes from Dinanga and Carline after Laurence Maguire was penalised for a push in the penalty area.

Jack Clarke added a fourth late on to get the Blues back to winning ways after successive defeats.

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But there were further injury blows when Fraser Kerr hobbled off in the first-half with an ankle injury and Gavin Gunning looked to be struggling with his groin at the end.

Kerr was seen wearing a protective boot and Rowe said it ‘doesn’t look great'.

On the performance, Rowe said: “We were okay today, nothing more than that.

“We were a bit more ruthless in the final third.

“It is a good result but the performance needs to be better if we want to do anything.

“We are building for medium term so we can’t forget that. Yes, short-term we want to try get promoted but we also need to be ready if we are promoted and, not only that, if we are not promoted, I need to make sure the squad is right for next season and make sure we have a right go next season as well so we can’t forget the performance and identity and our playing principles and too many things were missing today for me.”

When asked what was missing, Rowe said Chesterfield’s play ‘broke down too much’ and that a better team than Woking would have punished them.

Rowe also said the mounting injuries are ‘hard to deal with’ but they have got to stay positive.

“The injury (to Kerr) restricted what we could do and our game plan after 20 minutes went down the pan but you have got to give the lads credit for their robustness,” he explained.

On Woking’s penalty, Rowe added: “I am disappointed with that because it is just the consistency of it and it is really nagging me now.

“If you give a penalty for that you will give penalties every game. It is so soft.”