A crowd of 9,279 turned up to watch the local Derby between Chesterfield and Sheffield Wednesday, with 2,802 from Sheffield. Ford and Allott made the line up in place of Lowry and Mendy who didnt make the squad.
Wednesday started the much brighter of the two teams and in the first twenty minutes looked they were going to run away with it. Lowe headed over the bar after 5 minutes, Sheridan decided to make a positional switch, moving Ford to centre back and Thompson to right back. This seemed to work well and steadied the team, for all Wednesdays attacks they couldn't make a break through. The Spireites finally started getting into the game and finished the half stronger, Ridehalgh forced a save out of Bywater and Ajose curled a shot just wide. Robertson who had been having a good game went off injured, replaced by Morgan, meaning Ridehalgh took his place at left back. The first half finished 0-0.
Chesterfield started the second half much better than the first, Davis shot over from around 30 yards out. Chesterfield kept up the pressure and forced two corners and Wednesday decided to play up front. Dean Morgan was playing well by closing down and defending from the front, and using the ball wisely.
Morgan was causing the Wednesday defence problems and were struggling to cope with his runs, hopes for a penalty were turned down which was a good tackle by Batth. Although the next tackle in the box was not so good as Bostock lunged at Ajose to give a penalty away. With the pressure of the Wednesday fans behind the goal, Morgan calmly put the ball past the keeper to give Spireites the lead.
Wednesday threw everything at Chesterfield, but the defence stood firm, and if they did beat the defence Tommy Lee was there to save. The Spireites held on to the much needed 3 points that lifts them to 3rd from bottom. A tough phyisical game but the Spireites stood up to the Owls and played well as a team, and look like a team thats hard to beat, but not afraid to attack. Davis again had a great game in midfield along with Allott. In the end Sheffield Wednesday started bypassing the midfield and loft balls over the top, which the defence lapped up.
Next it is an away trip to managerless Notts County, after the sacking of Martin Allen, not an easy place to go too, but this team is capable of getting something from the game.
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