January 1, 2013
Boco leaves Cook with bitter taste
Rommy Boco made it an unhappy return to the Crown Ground for Chesterfield boss Paul Cook as he sealed a 1-0 win for Accrington.
Cook brought the Benin international back to east Lancashire this season before joining the Spireites in October.
And Boco fired low into the net from 15 yards in the 65th minute to secure an important win for Stanley, who had been struggling with one win in 11 games.
However Chesterfield were ruing missed chances in the first half as they hit the woodwork twice in the space of two minutes.
Marc Richards, with his back to goal, hooked a shot onto the top of the crossbar and Mark Randall tried his luck from 45 yards was denied with Cameron Belford beaten in the Reds goal.
Sam Togwell was also one-on-one with Belford but the Bury loanee did well to keep him out.
Jack Lester enjoyed a pair of decent chances for the visitors but it was far from one-way traffic as Boco tested Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee and Padraig Amond had a header cleared off the line by Liam Cooper.
George Miller also came close for Accrington just before the break, stretching onto a Lee Molyneux cross but he could only steer the ball wide.
The Spireites were lively after the break, Belford pulling off a superb save to keep out a Lester close-range effort, but Boco collected Amond's pass on the left of the area and fired beyond Lee for his ninth goal of the season.
It was then the Belford show as he was superb in preserving the lead, tipping over a Richards free kick and denying Tendayi Darikwa from close range. Sam Hird had a header ruled out for off-side for the visitors in the final minute as Stanley held on.
|Romuald Boco (65')|
|1 Cameron Belford||1 Tommy Lee|
|16 Nicky Hunt||6 Sam Hird|
|2 Peter Murphy||3 Nathan Smith|
|6 Dean Winnard||31 Liam Cooper|
|24 Lee Molyneux||12 Tendayi Darwikwa|
|4 Luke Joyce||8 Sam Togwell|
|12 George Miller||25 Drew Talbot|
|21 James Beattie||23 Mark Randall|
|33 Romuald Boco||9 Marc Richards|
|7 Craig Lindfield||14 Jack Lester|
|23 Padraig Amond||37 Luis Boa Morte|
|22 Andrew Dawber||Richard O'Donnell 13|
|3 Michael Liddle||Neal Trotman 5|
|10 Will Hatfield||Danny Whitaker 10|
|30 Piero Mingoia||James O'Shea 34|
|8 Charlie Bennett||Craig Clay 15|
|15 Bohan Dixon||Scott Boden 18|
|19 Markus Carver||Brennan Dickenson 38|
|Markus Carver for Padraig Amond (85)||Danny Whitaker for Luis Boa Morte (71)|
|Michael Liddle for Craig Lindfield (90)||James O'Shea for Jack Lester (71)|
|Will Hatfield for Romuald Boco (90)||Brennan Dickenson for Mark Randall (84)|
|Nicky Hunt (44)||Luis Boa Morte (42)|
|Peter Murphy (58)|
|Cameron Belford (74)|
|· Squads: Accrington Stanley | Chesterfield|