Di­a­mond Joe gives Cald­well home win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam All­sop

TEENAGER Joe Row­ley only signed his first pro­fes­sional con­tract on Fri­day and he cel­e­brated with a first league goal and a man-of-thematch dis­play to boost Ch­ester­field’s slim sur­vival hopes with vic­tory over fel­low strug­glers Port Vale.

The 17-year-old’s ef­fort ten min­utes into the sec­ond half was enough to clinch the vic­tory for the Spire­ites, which was Gary Cald­well’s first win at home since be­ing ap­pointed in Jan­uary.

And hav­ing scored the game’s only goal from close range af­ter Kris­tian Den­nis’ low ef­fort had been saved by Vale keeper Deniz Mehmry, Cald­well paid trib­ute to the young­ster.

“He’s a fan­tas­tic tal­ent, the way he plays the game I love watch­ing him,” said Cald­well.

“The skill that he has, the quick feet, the en­ergy he shows for the team and the game knowl­edge that he has. He un­der­stands the game so I put him in a more de­fen­sive po­si­tion to­wards the end, I’m just de­lighted we’ve got such a tal­ent here and I can work with him.

“He keeps get­ting bet­ter, I did say again when he signed he will have a dip in form at some point. That’s when as a club, as staff and the play­ers around him will help him de­velop but right now he’s rid­ing the wave that some­times you get with young play­ers.”

The match was slightly marred at the fi­nal whis­tle with sev­eral trav­el­ling Port Vale fans vis­i­bly an­gered by the re­sult and their team’s per­for­mance, as they tried to get on the pitch only to be pre­vented by ste­wards.

Speak­ing af­ter the game, Vale care­taker man­ager Michael Brown claimed he can un­der­stand the sup­port­ers’ frus­tra­tion at the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

He said: “The fans were dis­ap­pointed at tak­ing Kiko off but he kicked three out of play and looked like he was done with five min­utes to go.

“We can see they’re frus­trated and we’re look­ing at ev­ery­thing.

“I think the fans are look­ing into the true prob­lems and, as we keep say­ing, are very un­der­stand­ing with the sit­u­a­tion.

“We still had enough on the pitch to win, it was one long pass, Bikey’s ham­string goes and then very dis­ap­point­ing from then on.”

In a sea­son with not much to shout about for Spire­ites fans, they can be for­given for get­ting ex­cited at the prospect of Row­ley, who is cer­tainly one to keep an eye on.

Vale, by con­trast, have slipped into the bot­tom four with five games to go as they bid to save their own place in League One.

STAR MAN JOE ROW­LEY Ch­ester­field

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