Sky Bet League One side Port Vale started their era under Michael Brown with a 1-0 victory over Chesterfield.

Vale had not won in the League since the 12th November but Jerome Thomas’ second-half goal ended the Valiants’ dismal run of results.

The home side had the first real chance of the game on 37 minutes but Vale’s striker, Rigino Cicilia, saw his shot saved at the near post by Ryan Fulton.

Chesterfield began the second-half the brighter of the two sides but had a penalty appeal turned away by Whistler Michael Salisbury.

Vale eventually broke the deadlock on 61 minutes when Captain Ben Purkiss passed to Thomas on the right-wing and he sent his cross-cum-shot over Fulton.

The Spireites almost pulled level twelve minutes from time when a free-kick was sent long into the Vale penalty area, but substitute Rai Simons blazed his effort over.

Speaking after the game, Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson expressed the absolute disappointment behind his side’s defeat:

“We’ve had some really strong performances at times this season and come away with nothing, this was another example.” He said.

“I’ve said it many times, I’m sick of repeating myself to often to certain players, they have to take a long hard look at themselves by not winning this game tonight.

“We’ve come here and we knew we had the ability to cause them problems and win the game – the way the game panned out we should have done and won it convincingly as well – and yet we lose 1-0 by a poxy deflection.”


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