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Good To Get Off The Mark

25 August 2012

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Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery revealed his delight at finally getting off the mark this season, after his close range finish gave the Spireites the lead against local rivals Rotherham. The 21-year-old forward had cut a frustrated figure against both AFC Wimbledon and Rochdale - having two scrambled off the goal-line against the latter - but he didn't have to wait for long against the Millers after Drew TalbotĀ  capitalised on Scott Shearer's slip.

"It's good to get off the mark, especially in a local derby," Bowery told Spireites Player.

"It was my first goal of the season and it was good to take the lead, although it was disappointing to lose it.

"Drew did fantastic to be fair because everyone expects the keeper to claim it. I can't remember whether he slipped, but Drew's done brilliantly, gambled on it and put a brilliant ball in for me to tap in."

John Sheridan's side have created a host of chances in their opening three league games, but were unable to find the back of the net at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and were punished by Wombles front man Jack Midson. It looked as though Town would draw a blank in their first home league games against Rochdale last Tuesday as well, until Jack Lester stepped off the bench to salvage a last gasp point against John Coleman's side.

The hosts also thumped the woodwork on two occasions against local rivals Rotherham, but Nottingham-born hitman Bowery believes lady luck will be smiling on him and his team-mates if they keep plugging away.

"We'll get plenty of chances with me, Jack, Richo, Scott and Westy," he added.

"We're bound to create plenty of chances, it's just not going for us at the minute. We were lucky to get the goal today, even though we played well.

"We'd worry if we weren't getting the chances, but we are. The belief is there, people say I need to believe in myself but of course I do. It's just confidence and it will come along as the games do, and hopefully i'll put the ball in the back of the net as much as I can."

Chesterfield travel to the early League Two pace-setters on Saturday, as they negotiate a tricky away trip to Gillingham. Martin Allen's side top the table after winning all three league games so far and Bowery will be hoping he can continue from where he left off against big-spending Rotherham.

"I'd say 60, 70 per cent of my shots this season have been on target, so I can't do much more," Jordan said at full-time.

"But I've just got to keep going and hopefully the goals will come. I should have gone across goal, but I hit the target and the keeper did what he could and obviously it's hit the post.

"It's an overnight stay [at Gillingham], so it is better than going down there on the day but we need to go there and get the win."

You can catch Jordan's interview in full, exclusively on Spireites Player.

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