Match Report: Chesterfield v Burton Albion
30th September 2015
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Spireites Defeated in Second Consecutive Fixture.

Chesterfield suffered their first consecutive defeat of the 2015/2016 campaign against Burton Albion at the Proact Stadium by a 2-1 scoreline on Saturday afternoon. Sam Hird's first-half opener was rendered meaningless in the end by second-half strikes from both Stuart Beavon and Jerome Binnom-Williams.

Dean Saunders made a total of two changes from last Saturday's defeat at the hands of Coventry City, with Drew Talbot and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake taking the places of Chris Herd and Lee Novak.

With just two minutes on the clock, Hird met a driven corner-kick and directed his headed effort past a stranded Ian McLaughlin and into the back of the net. At the other end, Abdenasser El Khayati made his way into the area before shooting low and hard only to be denied by Ian Evatt's resolute block on the six-yard line.

Moments later, Lucas Akins latched onto a neat through-ball before going one-on-one with Tommy Lee and firing wide of the post when firmly expected to score. Involved once again, El Khayati tried his luck from range and forced a simple save from Lee who prepared to instigate another attack.

Waiting inside the area, the ball eventually fell for Akins who struck first-time and was denied by Sam Morsy's impressive block. Leading a counter-attack, Morsy eventually fed a through-ball towards Ebanks-Blake, who failed to reach before the advancing McLaughlin.

Just before the half-time whistle, Mark Duffy attempted a speculative effort from around 30 yards that bounced straight out of play for a goal-kick.

After the break, the visitors levelled the scoreline through Beavon's close-range finish that Lee was absolutely powerless to stop as it nestled into the back of the net. A quick-fire second almost came for the away side through Akins's forceful strike from range, but the crossbar came to Lee's rescue.

Forward from the left-back position, Daniel Jones crossed towards O'Shea who failed to trouble the opposing goalkeeper with his wayward header. Rai Simons played a short pass to the feet of Armand Gnanduillet, who took one touch before firing high and wide of the post.

As the game entered its closing stages, Gnanduillet met Jones's free-kick and directed the ball against the post and an opposing defender cleared any remaining danger. With the four minutes of additional time all but over, Binnom-Williams went one-on-one with Lee and fired the ball straight into the bottom left-hand corner of the net to hand Burton Albion all three points.

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