Chesterfield 0 – 0 Portsmouth

The televised game on Monday night was set up to be a great affair with the league’s leaders coming up against the divisions biggest club. However, all the build up failed to deliver as a Chesterfield failed to break down a solid Portsmouth defence with their opponents having the better chances on the night. The game was very open for the first 20 minutes as Ricky Holmes caused Chesterfield all sorts of problems making a chance for Jake Jervis who was denied by a fantastic save from ‘keeper Tommy Lee. Chesterfield settled into the game more as the half went on and dominated in terms of possession but struggled to fashion any real chances and Pompey restricted them to a couple of long range efforts.

The second half continued in a similar fashion as the home team had all the ball but Portsmouth countered in numbers and created a great chance when Wes Fogden found himself in on goal but denied by another fantastic save from the ever-impressive Tommy Lee. As the game went into the last 10 minutes Chesterfield brought on Armand Gnanduillet who proved to be their brighest spark going forward. Going into injury the Spireites other two substitutes, Jay O’Shea and Marc Richards combined to create their best chance of the game as Trevor Carson held on the Richards’ header.

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Chesterfield

Tommy Lee Made two excellent saves in the game to deny Portsmouth in another solid game for the ‘keeper. 8.5
Tendayi Darikwa Really struggled in the opening 20 minutes but grew into the game. Had a good second half. 7.0
Ian Evatt Showed his class again adding another clean sheet for Chesterfield. Very good in the air and on the ground. 8.0
Liam Cooper Dealt well with Jervis but his distribution was poor at times. 7.0
Ritchie Humphreys A good performance but the experienced defender as he kept Wallace quiet for large periods of the game. 7.0
Jimmy Ryan Not his usual self as Portsmouth stopped him from playing his usual game. Found it difficult to break Portsmouth down. 6.0
Sam Morsy Played well infront of the back four for his team but like Ryan he struggled to penetrate the Portsmouth defence. 7.0
Daniel Gardner Showed glimpses of quality when he ran with ball but struggled on the whole. 6.0
Ollie Banks Looked tired as he found it very hard to make an impact on the game. 5.0
Gary Roberts Doubled up on every time he got the ball and found it tough to produce any real quality. 6.5
Eoin Doyle Got better in the secind half but he lacked service all night. 6.5

Substitutions

Marc Richards Had his teams best chance on goal in stoppage time but didn’t have much of an influence apart from that. 6.0
Jay O’shea Managed to fashion a couple of chances for Chesterfield as the game opened up. 6.5
Armand Gnanduillet Looked a real bright spark for the home team as his power and pace looked to worry the Portsmouth defenders. 7.0

Portsmouth

Trevor Carson A quiet night for the ‘keeper who’s parried a couple of shots in the first half but held on to Chesterfield’s best chance in the second half. 7.0
Joe Devera Defended well against Roberts minimising his chances to deliver the ball into the box. 7.0
Bondz N’Gala Coped well with any aerial balls but looked slightly rusty with the ball at his feet. 7.0
Ben Chorley A very good display making a couple of great tackles and won nearly everything in the air. 8.0
Nicky Shorey A solid game for the ex-Reading man who kept Gardner quiet for the whole game. 7.0
Jed Wallace Had a small impact on the game and failed to create any chances, did work hard for his team. 6.0
Romain Padovani Moved the ball for his team and worked hard in closing down Ryan and Morsy to stop Chesterfield playing. 6.5
Toumani Diagouraga Sat in front of his defence and broke up Chesterfield attacks on regular occasions. 7.0
Wes Fogden Worked tirelessly for his team and put in a real shift, will fell unlucky to be denied by Tommy Lee in the second half. 7.5
Ricky Holmes An excellent first half and probably his sides best player, made some excellent touches and worked hard for his side. 8.5
Jake Jervis A handful all night and caused problems, denied a goal by a fantastic stop from Tommy Lee. 7.0

Substitutions

Patrick Agyemang Only came on for about 30 seconds so had no chance to change the game. 6.0

 

Man of the Match

Tommy Lee A tough call between Lee and Holmes for man of the match but Lee’s excellent saves in each half ended up keeping Chesterfield in the game. 8.5

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