Spireites Victorious at Walsall.
Chesterfield sealed an important victory against Walsall by a 2-1 scoreline at Banks's Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Ian Evatt netted for the Spireites, rendering Matt Preston's last-minute finish as a mere consolation.
Dean Saunders made a total of two changes for this particular encounter, as Drew Talbot and Lee Novak took the places of Liam O'Neil and Rai Simons.
In the opening moments, Tom Bradshaw broke free of the defence and looked certain to score only for Tommy Lee's superb save to deny the striker. With just five minutes on the clock, Ebanks-Blake put the Spireites in front after connecting with Chris Herd's driven cross and heading past a helpless Neil Etheridge.
Waiting inside the area, Bradshaw was fed a through-ball from Romaine Sawyers but failed to control and ultimately lost possession. Bradshaw pounced on a loose ball before trying his luck from 20 yards, only to be denied by Charlie Raglan's resolute block near the penalty spot.
Involved once again, Bradshaw met a low cross and struck first-time from 12 yards before watching Lee produce a magnificent save down to his left-hand side. Creating even more pressure, Jason Demetriou was forward from his right-back position and crossed towards Lee who gathered possession with relative ease.
Just before the half-time whistle, Sam Mantom took matters into his own hands with a lone run that preceded a forceful strike that failed to trouble Lee in the slightest.
After the break, Adam Chambers struck from range and forced a magnificent save by Lee who then pushed the ball to safety. With 54 minutes on the clock, the Spireites doubled their advantage through Evatt's towering header that beat Etheridge all-ends-up as it nestled straight into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Leading a counter-attack, Ebanks-Blake attempted to reach Novak with a through-ball only for an interception to follow on behalf of an opposing defender. Demetriou was an obvious outlet in an attacking sense for the home side, but a disappointing delivery was gathered with ease by Lee on this occasion.
As we entered the closing stages, Demetriou met a corner-kick and directed his effort straight in the direction of Lee who held firm once again. Deep into the six minutes of additional time, Preston grabbed Walsall's consolation with a powerful volley from close range that in the end made no difference to the overall result.