December 8, 2012
Sprightly Spireites march on
Chesterfield surged into the top half of the table with a fourth straight league win as they outplayed second-placed Vale to secure a comfortable 2-0 success.
The action swung from end to end during an open and entertaining start to the contest, but it was the visitors who were posing the biggest threat.
Home goalkeeper Chris Neal made two fine saves to deny Mark Randall and an even better effort to keep out a 30-yard free-kick from ex-Vale striker Marc Richards.
But increasing pressure finally paid dividends when Chesterfield debutant Jay O'Shea, on loan from MK Dons, scored in the 37th minute.
Richards played the ball into his path and O'Shea, who also had a spell on loan with Vale, took a touch before placing a low shot inside the unguarded Neal's right-hand post from 14 yards.
Chesterfield, with the impressive Randall running the show, continued to dominate after the break as the midfielder, with an audacious 45-yard effort, Boa Morte and Richards forced further saves from Neal.
But the Vale keeper was left stranded in the 64th minute when Richards' cross from the left was deflected to the far post where Tendayi Darikwa headed into an empty net from two yards.
Prolific marksman Tom Pope forced two decent saves from the previously redundant Tommy Lee, but a Vale comeback never looked likely.
|1 Chris Neal||1 Tommy Lee|
|24 Richard Duffy||6 Sam Hird|
|5 John McCombe||3 Nathan Smith|
|14 Clayton McDonald||31 Liam Cooper|
|7 Doug Loft||12 Tendayi Darwikwa|
|9 Jennison Myrie-Williams||8 Sam Togwell|
|23 Ryan Burge||25 Drew Talbot|
|21 Kingsley James||23 Mark Randall|
|10 Ashley Vincent||34 James O'Shea|
|16 Calvin Andrew||9 Marc Richards|
|11 Tom Pope||37 Luis Boa Morte|
|12 Sam Johnson.||Richard O'Donnell 13|
|25 Liam Chilvers||Terrell Forbes 4|
|2 Adam Yates||Conor Townsend 33|
|15 Chris Shuker||Danny Whitaker 10|
|3 Robert Taylor||Craig Clay 15|
|8 Louis Dodds||Jack Lester 14|
|19 Ben Williamson||Brennan Dickenson 38|
|Robert Taylor for Calvin Andrew (58)||Brennan Dickenson for Luis Boa Morte (72)|
|Chris Shuker for Kingsley James (59)||Craig Clay for Mark Randall (76)|
|Louis Dodds for Doug Loft (76)||Danny Whitaker for James O'Shea (83)|
|Jennison Myrie-Williams (90)||Luis Boa Morte (69)|
|· Rosters: Port Vale | Chesterfield|