Chesterfield 3 – 1 Bristol Rovers

A must-win game for both sides showed the real difference between the bottom and the top of the division as Chesterfield’s movement and clinical finishing led them to a 3-1 win at the Proact Stadium. Before the game started you might have said this was a home-banker and those backing the home side were left happy as Rovers away form showed after just 4 minutes when Sam Morsy placed an Eoin Doyle cross past Mildenhall into the back of the net.

After the opener the game was fairly open and Lee Brown struck an excellent curling shot past Tommy Lee into the top corner to level the scoreline. Chesterfield appeared to move up a gear after the equaliser when Gary Roberts collected the ball on the left hand side before driving into the box and laying it back to Ollie Banks to put the league leaders 2-1 up on the stroke of half time.

The players came back out after half time and a hesitant Tom Parkes allowed Gary Roberts to capitalise on his mistake before laying in Eoin Doyle to kill the game for the Spireites. After the 3rd goal the home side very much kept hold of the ball and neither side really created much. Late substitute Jay O’Shea had the best of the chances when his deflected shot beat the Rovers keeper but was denied by the cross bar. In all a fair result that showed why these teams are in the positions they are.

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Chesterfield

Tommy Lee A quiet afternoon for the Chesterfield keeper, only beaten by a wonder goal. 7.0
Tendayi Darikwa An excellent performance by Darikwa included keeping Mohammed very quiet. Didn’t put a foot wrong in the whole game. 7.5
Ian Evatt A real captain’s performance by the skipper, led from the front with his aerial ability and a series of excellently timed tackles. 8.0
Liam Cooper In a similar fashion to Evatt, he looked calm on the ball and is rapidly improving in his ability. Destined to play at a higher level. 8.0
Ritchie Humphreys Another solid game for the experienced full-back who kept the Bristol right hand side very quiet for the majority of the game. 7.0
Sammy Morsy A first Spireite goal capped off an excellent performance for the midfield anchorman. Very rarely gave the ball away and is a rock in the centre of the park. 9.0
Jimmy Ryan A great performance from the midfielder summed up his season so far, kept the ball well and constantly fed the ball to the liked of Roberts, Banks and Gardner. 8.0
Dan Gardner Probably Gardner’s quietest game since joining from Conference side Halifax but he still had plenty of chances on goal and managed to stretch the game with his powerful runs. 7.0
Ollie Banks Another goal to his tally and another strong performance. Made some great runs to open up space for Doyle and combined very well with Roberts. 7.5
Gary Roberts Another two assists for the winger who put in another fantastic performance. Had influence in all 3 goals and is proving to be the signing of the season in League Two. 8.5
Eion Doyle A second goal in as many games for the striker who played very well with his clever runs. Managed to keep the Bristol defence very quiet and had great link up play with the three supporting players. 7.5

Substitutions

Armand Gnanduillet Showed the odd moment of brilliance but on the whole a quiet game for the big man. 6.5
Marc Richards Held the ball up well for Chesterfield but the game had fizzled out by the time he was introduced. 6.5
Jay O’Shea Coming on with only 10 minutes he had little time to make a real difference, kept the ball well for the winning side. 6.5

Bristol Rovers

Steve Mildenhall An OK game for the Rovers keeper, felt he could have done better for the third goal. 6.5
Michael Smith Struggled in the first half against Roberts with the first two goals coming down the left but coped better in the second half. 6.0
Tom Parkes Looked the most promising player for Rovers but was at fault for the third goal when he was caught in possession. 6.0
Mark McChrystal Did well with any aerial balls played forward by Chesterfield but struggled against the movement of Doyle. 6.0
Lee Brown Did fairly well in keeping Gardner quiet and scored an excellent equaliser to bring his side back into the game. 6.5
Ollie Clarke Worked hard but found it very tough in the middle up against Ryan and Morsy 5.5
John-Joe O’Toole Played a string of misplaced passed and seemed to spend more of the game lying on the grass after slipping on the wet pitch. 5.0
Tom Lockyer Similarly to Clarke tried hard but looked out of his depth against Ryan and Morsy. 5.5
Chris Beardsley Found it difficult to create many chances and failed to help out Smith for the first two goals. 5.5
Kaid Mohamed Probably not his proudest day as a footballer. Poor work rate and an inability to track the runs of overlapping Darikwa meant he was substituted early in the second half. 4.0
Matt Harrold Tried his best but a lack of support made it difficult for him. 6.0

Substitutions

Ellis Harrison Provided nothing after coming on and struggled to get into the game. 5.0
David Clarkson Found it tough against the strong defence but worked hard for the team. 6.0

 

Man of the Match

Sam Morsy Finally bagged his first goal for Chesterfield and was a constant energy in moving the team forward. 9.0

 

 


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