Joe Rowley celebrated signing his first professional contract, by scoring the winning goal against Port Vale on Saturday.
The 17 year-old, playing just his third game in professional football, impressed once again with a fine display and was delighted to get his first goal.
“It’s been a great week for me,” he said. “Signing my first professional contract yesterday and scoring today and hopefully it’s the start of many. It’s an unbelievable experience scoring in front of the home fans and hopefully I can have many more of those experiences.”
The goal came after Connor Dimaio played a lovely ball over the top to Kristian Dennis, who got an early shot away and Rowley was there to pounce on the rebound and the youngster struggled to control his emotions after finding the net.
“I anticipated the keeper save and luckily I got on the end of it and I couldn’t really miss in the end. Many emotions were running through my head, I went a bit crazy and I didn’t know what to do,” he explained.
Rowley has been playing in a ‘number 10’ role just behind Dennis up front and has formed a good partnership with the forward, and Rowley explained how it’s something they’ve been working to develop.
“We do it in training a lot,” he told Player HD. “The manager always tells us to make forward runs. I drop into the hole then (Kristian) Dennis runs, I run and Denno drops in the hole and we have a great connection.”
Port Vale put the Spireites under a bit of pressure towards the end of the game and Rowley was pleased with how the team pulled together, and how everyone contributed defensively.
“The team performance was excellent today,” said Rowley. “Everybody put in a shift and that last 10 minutes we empathised that with the corners and throw-ins that were coming into our box and people putting the blocks in, it was an unbelievable performance.”
Chesterfield will be looking to make it back to back wins for the first time since November when they play Southend United on Good Friday and Rowley is already excited for that match.
“I can’t wait for it already, that’s if I’m in the team. We’ll have good training during the week and looking forward to Friday’s game,” he commented.
Rowley also had praised for the Spireites fans and has been touched by the support he’s received since coming into the side.
He added: “The fans are the 12th man. The noise that they made today they gave us a great lift and really helped us out in getting the victory.”