Spireites Defeat Scunthorpe.
Paddy Madden struck first after the half-time break, before an Eoin Doyle hat-trick put the Iron to the sword even after the Irishman had missed a penalty. Sam Morsy sealed the 4-1 victory on Saturday afternoon with a goal in the closing stages, which avenged the defeat at Glanford Park in the previous fixture where Chesterfield were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
The first chance in this contest fell to Madden, who latched onto a loose ball inside the area before firing straight into the stands. It took just 13 minutes for new signing Sam Clucas to get involved in the action, as the former Mansfield midfielder's over-head kick just sailed wide of the post.
A defensive lapse from the visitors allowed Doyle an opportunity to drive forward unchallenged, although his curled effort went wide of the target. Gary McSheffrey tried his luck with a half-volley from 20 yards, only to be denied by the outstretched fingertips of Tommy Lee in the Chesterfield goal.
On the stroke of half-time, Morsy fed an intricate pass to Romuald Boco whose strike was always rising from a matter of yards.
Immediately after the break, the away side took the lead through Madden's finish past a flailing Lee from close range. Just three minutes had passed before the Spireites were awarded a penalty as a consequence of hand-ball from Miguel Llera, Doyle then stepped up and struck the crossbar, emanating frustration at the same time.
On 55 minutes, Chesterfield levelled the scoreline courtesy of Doyle's neat finish after meeting a low Clucas cross, making up for his previous error from the penalty spot. Nine minutes later, the Spireites completed the comeback as Doyle finished over visiting goalkeeper Robert Olejnik following an incisive pass from Johnson.
One-way traffic would be an ideal way to describe the second period, with Scunthorpe restricted firmly to their own half of the field. With eighteen minutes left on the clock, the hosts were awarded their second spot-kick of the afternoon, with Doyle making no mistake on this occasion to dispatch the ball to the right-hand side of Olejnik.
In the final moments of normal time, Morsy netted Chesterfield's fourth goal of the game on the counter-attack with a majestic chip over the stranded Olejnik, after yet another stupendous through-ball from Johnson. Three minutes of additional time were then signalled by the fourth official, which Chesterfield played out successfully after a fantastic second-half display that was rewarded with three points.