March 9, 2013
Spireites check rampant Rovers
Bristol Rovers surge towards safety stalled at the Proact Stadium when two second half goals gave Chesterfield a 2-0 victory.
A scrappy game improved after the interval when Jay O'Shea and Armand Gnanduillet secured the points for the home side.
Rovers came into the game brimming with confidence and they almost went ahead in the ninth minute when Eliot Richards' 25-yard shot was brilliantly pushed onto a post by Tommy Lee.
Chesterfield skipper Sam Hird had a couple of headers which Steve Mildenhall comfortably saved but the a defensive error let the home side in eight minutes into the second half.
Lee Brown's clearance only reached O'Shea on the edge of the area and the midfielder smashed a shot into Mildenhall's top right corner.
Rovers almost conceded again in the 63rd minute when Jack Lester headed wide at the back post but Chesterfield made it two when Gnanduillet evaded two defenders to score with a low shot.
The visitors hopes of a comeback ended when another strike by Richards was turned behind by Lee.
|1 Tommy Lee||13 Steve Mildenhall|
|5 Neal Trotman||14 Lee Brown|
|6 Sam Hird||29 Mark McChrystal|
|3 Nathan Smith||4 Dan Woodards|
|31 Liam Cooper||2 Michael Smith|
|33 Conor Townsend||6 Tom Parkes|
|17 Richard Brindley||32 John-Joe O'Toole|
|8 Sam Togwell||15 Oliver Norburn|
|34 James O'Shea||10 Elliot Richards|
|14 Jack Lester||16 Joe Anyinsah|
|21 Armand Gnanduillet||26 Ryan Brunt|
|40 Josh Barrington||Connor Gough 20|
|12 Tendayi Darwikwa||Fabian Broghammer 11|
|10 Danny Whitaker||Clayton McDonald 21|
|23 Mark Randall||James Paterson 3|
|7 Alex Henshall||Oumare Tounkara 34|
|9 Marc Richards||Ellis Harrison 17|
|41 Jordan Clark||Tom Hitchcock 27|
|Tendayi Darwikwa for Jack Lester (73)||Fabian Broghammer for Joe Anyinsah (46)|
|Marc Richards for Armand Gnanduillet (80)||Tom Hitchcock for Dan Woodards (54)|
|Danny Whitaker for Conor Townsend (86)||Oumare Tounkara for Ryan Brunt (72)|
|· Squads: Chesterfield | Bristol Rovers|