April 20, 2013
Spireites win not enough in play-off pursuit
Marc Richards' brace either side of the break helped Chesterfield secure a 3-1 victory at out-of-form Fleetwood although it was not enough to keep their play-off hopes alive until the final weekend of the season.
The home side dominated much of the first half as Jamille Matt, Gareth Evans and Ryan Crowther all enjoyed chances to open the scoring.
But Chesterfield grabbed the lead against the run of play when substitute Armand Gnanduillet headed home Conor Townsend's corner in the 44th minute.
And from the restart the visitors doubled their tally, Richards on the end of a long ball before firing a stunning 25-yard effort which was too good for Scott Davies - capping a stunning finish to the first half.
Richards then made it three-nil just after the hour mark, lashing home the rebound after Davies saved Sam Togwell's goalbound effort.
Andy Mangan's first goal since August gave the home side hope, a perfectly timed run to get on to David Ball's defence-splitting pass and a cool finish.
Had Mangan found the net again, first shooting wide from 18 yards before then looping the ball over the bar from close range, Fleetwood might have set up a grandstand finish but it was not to be.
As it was Chesterfield stood firm and are certain to finish above the home side, who are winless in five, but Paul Cook's side cannot now catch Bradford in the fourth and final play-off place.
|1 Scott Davies||1 Tommy Lee|
|13 Alan Goodall||5 Neal Trotman|
|12 Junior Brown||31 Liam Cooper|
|2 Shaun Beesley||12 Tendayi Darwikwa|
|27 Ryan Edwards||33 Conor Townsend|
|37 Paul McKenna||17 Richard Brindley|
|18 Jamie McGuire||8 Sam Togwell|
|32 Gareth Evans||25 Drew Talbot|
|24 Ryan Crowther||23 Mark Randall|
|26 David Ball||34 James O'Shea|
|10 Jamille Matt||9 Marc Richards|
|33 David Lucas||Richard O'Donnell 13|
|15 Conor McLaughlin||Sam Hird 6|
|11 Barry Nicholson||Danny Whitaker 10|
|4 Anthony Barry||Alex Henshall 7|
|6 Nathan Pond||Craig Clay 15|
|5 Jean-Michel Fontaine||Scott Boden 18|
|14 Andrew Mangan||Armand Gnanduillet 21|
|Andrew Mangan for Jamille Matt (52)||Armand Gnanduillet for Richard Brindley (34)|
|Jean-Michel Fontaine for Gareth Evans (81)||Sam Hird for Mark Randall (73)|
|Alex Henshall for James O'Shea (83)|
|Alan Goodall (1)||Mark Randall (33)|
|Junior Brown (55)|
|· Squads: Fleetwood Town | Chesterfield|