John Sheridan made two changes to the side that came through Tuesday's thrilling game against Huddersfield. Gregor Robertson, who was taken off with a thigh injury on Tuesday, was replaced by Phil Picken, while Derek Niven, who appeared to pick up a knock on Tuesday, was replaced by David Perkins. Drew Talbot continued up front in the absence of the injured Wade Small. For Bournemouth, Steve Fletcher came through a late fitness test to line up against his old club.
Bournemouth won a corner after just one minute that Pitman took, looking for the head of Fletcher, whose header cleared the bar. The Cherries started by pressing strongly in a direct manner and Chesterfield tried to respond with swift breaks as the game began brightly. Talbot broke clear on 6 and found Lester in the six-yard box but the ball was taken away from him at the crucial moment.
Ryan Garry was caught out of position by Donal McDermott on 11; the Bournemouth man's only course of action was to hack Donal down, and he was yellow-carded for it. McDermott's shot was saved by Jalal on 13 and the Spireites were awarded a free kick when Garry fouled Lester as he got the rebound. From the free kick, Lowry's right-footed shot was spilled by the goalkeeper and DREW TALBOT was quickest to the loose ball to give Chesterfield a 14th-minute lead.
Pitman drove from long range on 17 but Lee was the equal of the shot. Bournemouth won a free kick on 23 after McDermott and Edgar clashed; Pitman curled the shot into the side netting. Feeney went down under a Picken challenge on 28 Cummings whipped the free kick in and Fletcher headed goalwards, but Lee did well to effect a save and preserve his side's lead. At the other end Jalal had to save from Lester after McDermott raced down the right and crossed.
Lowry's defence-splitting ball on 33 helped Lester come away and he chipped towards the Bournemouth goal, but over the bar. A couple of corners came the way of the visitors; the first was wasted when McDermott was caught offside and Picken fed Allott from the second, but his shot was charged down.
Bournemouth's frustrations were made plain when Pitman went in two-footed on Picken and received the game's second yellow card, on 42. McDermott broke and fed DREW TALBOT, who finished in fine fashion from 15 yards to extend Chesterfield's lead in first-half injury time.
Halftime: AFC Bournemouth 0 Chesterfield 2. Attendance: 5896.
Lee Bradbury replaced Edgar before the re-start. Talbot picked up a head injury on 47. Lester was spoken to by the referee after a spot of shirt-pulling on 49. Bournemouth tried to work up a head of steam. Cummings' corner on 52 found Fletcher's head but the veteran headed wide. Pitman took a corner a minute or so later and Pearce, this time, planted a header wide.
Chesterfield looked to remind their hosts of the danger of over-committing and Lester broke on 55, finding Talbot, who shot narrowly wide. Allott fouled Bartley on 56 and a corner was won; Talbot got back to do good defensive work as the home side won another; Lester was back on the line to clear from Pitman. Another corner ensued and the ball was cleared off the line again. Perkins broke and was barged over by Bartley, bringing welcome respite to the beleaguered visitors' rearguard.
Chesterfield won a corner from McDermott's free kick on 60. For a side that couldn't apparently fill their bench, Bournemouth used a second sub early, replacing Bartley with Connell on 61. Lee's punch on 69 came only to Bradbury, whose shot cleared the bar. Bournemouth pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes left when Hollands buried a rebound from another goal-line clearance.
The home side continued to attack with abandon and won another corner on 77; Pearce got up but headed the cross behind. Chesterfield went 4-5-1 in an effort to staunch the flood of pressure towards their goalmouth. Having made the tactical change a substitution followed, with Jordan Bowery coming on for Lester on 81.
Lee made a fine save on 85 and the rebound struck Page's hand, but the referee showed no interest in awarding the home side a spot kick. Eddie Howe played his last card, bringing Stockley on for Garry in the final minute of normal time. Sheridan responded by bringing Niven on for Talbot. Three minutes of additional time were announced. Bournemouth continued to pump balls into the visitors' box. Bowery broke, but was pulled up by the referee's whistle; the youngster was yellow-carded for failing to retreat at the free kick. A late corner came the way of the home side: Lee rose at the back post to make a clean catch. The fulltime whistle blew seconds later.