October 20, 2012
No home comfort for Grecians
Exeter's dismal home form continued as Chris Atkinson scored the only goal of the game for Chesterfield in a dour contest at St James' Park.
In a drab first half, there were few chances. Arron Davies poked wide with an outstretched boot from John O'Flynn's cross for Exeter and Craig Westcarr scuffed a shot into the arms of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak after turning well for Chesterfield.
The goal came after 31 minutes when Westcarr got past two defenders with ease and crossed to the back post for Atkinson to head in from close range.
Chesterfield had chances to increase their lead after the break but found Krysiak in top form. The Pole twice saved well from Mark Randall and Westcarr.
Exeter's first effort on target came after 79 minutes when substitute Guillem Bauza's long-range effort was tipped over the crossbar by visiting keeper Richard O'Donnell. The hosts thought they had equalised in stoppage time but Danny Coles saw a header cleared off the line and Liam Sercombe was denied by O'Donnell.
The defeat was Exeter's fourth in only seven league matches on home soil this season.
|Chris Atkinson (32')|
|1 Artur Krysiak||13 Richard O'Donnell|
|6 Danny Coles||4 Terrell Forbes|
|2 Steve Tully||6 Sam Hird|
|4 Scott Bennett||16 Liam Ridehalgh|
|37 Jordan Moore-Taylor||12 Tendayi Darwikwa|
|14 Tommy Doherty||8 Sam Togwell|
|8 Matt Oakley||25 Drew Talbot|
|11 Arron Davies||15 Craig Clay|
|7 Liam Sercombe||17 Chris Atkinson|
|12 Jamie Cureton||37 Luis Boa Morte|
|19 John O'Flynn||11 Craig Westcarr|
|24 Rhys Evans||Ben Wilson 27|
|16 Kevin Amankwaah||Neal Trotman 5|
|18 Elliott Frear||Nathan Smith 3|
|23 Aaron Dawson||Danny Whitaker 10|
|22 Jimmy Keohane||Mark Randall 23|
|21 Guillem Bauza||Jack Lester 14|
|Micah Evans 29|
|Guillem Bauza for Jamie Cureton (46)||Mark Randall for Craig Clay (65)|
|Kevin Amankwaah for Tommy Doherty (53)||Nathan Smith for Chris Atkinson (71)|
|Elliott Frear for Arron Davies (63)||Jack Lester for Craig Westcarr (77)|
|Tendayi Darwikwa (86)|
|· Squads: Exeter City | Chesterfield|