Spireites Victorious in Second Consecutive Fixture.
Chesterfield sealed their second consecutive victory against Southend United by a 3-0 scoreline at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday night. Lee Novak’s individual finish preceded a brace from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake which capped off a complete performance.
Dean Saunders named an unchanged side from Saturday's win at Walsall for this particular encounter.
With just eight minutes on the clock, the Spireites opened the scoring courtesy of Novak’s simple finish into the back of an empty net after the forward rounded the opposing goalkeeper. Sam Morsy took matters into his own hands after trying his luck from distance and watching the ball evade the crossbar by a matter of inches.
Looking to add a second for his side, Jay O'Shea was next to take the initiative as his low strike bounced narrowly wide of Dan Bentley's post from around 20 yards. Ebanks-Blake received a short pass with his back to goal, then turned before firing against the body of an opposing defender near the penalty spot.
On the counter-attack, Anthony Wordsworth met a low cross and struck first-time only to watch his attempt sail straight into the stands. A mere seven minutes remained in the first period when Ebanks-Blake doubled Chesterfield’s advantage, after the striker pounced on a loose ball and finished past a flailing Bentley from close range.
Just before the half-time whistle, David Mooney produced a shot from just outside the area and Daniel Jones reacted to perform a timely clearance on the line.
After the break, Joe Pigott went one-on-one with Tommy Lee and looked certain to score only for the goalkeeper to produce a sensational save near the 18-yard line. Involved once again, Pigott broke free and found himself in an identical situation yet still managed to direct the ball low and ultimately wide of Lee's post.
On 62 minutes, the Spireites netted their third of the evening through a likely source in the form of Ebanks-Blake who reacted quickest in the area to fire the ball over the line following Ian Evatt's headed knock-down. Pigott attempted a speculative effort from around 25 yards, but the strike lacked conviction which allowed Lee to gather possession with ease.
As we entered the closing stages, Novak curled the ball towards goal from a virtually impossible angle and forced Bentley into an impressive save. For the full five minutes of additional time, the Spireites retained possession successfully and sealed their second victory in the space of four days.