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Posted Wed 10 Mar 10 at 05:40 AM

County 1 Spireites 0

There was one change for the Spireites as Drew Talbot returned in place of deadleg victim Adam Rundle at Meadow Lane against Notts County.

With an expectant crowd there was soon action at both ends, first when County walzed down their right to leave Goodall for dead, the ball across goal was somehow whipped away.

Drew Talbot made a good move down the left and crossed for the onrushing Whaley to head over the bar.

A dangerous free kick after Hughes made a meal of a challenge. The ball was cleared for a corner which came to nothing.

Dan Gray was booked for impeding Luke Rodgers, the free kick was cleared.

Spireites had a shot blocked which rebounded to Niven who set up Whaley for a cross shot that was collected at the foot of his post by Schmeichel.

After a passing move Talbot set up Small for a shot from just outside the box but it went wide.

A good run down the left by Wade Small, his cross to the far post went for a corner which resulted in a shot blocked from Mark Allott.

Somewhat against the run of play County scored thanks to some help from the Spireites after they failed to clear the ball despite three opportunities to do so.

Tommy Lee under pressure cleared hastily to Goodall who swung a leg to send the ball downfield but skyed it instead. Page's attempted clearance fell to the feet of Ben Davies who hammered home a wonderful shot that gave Lee no chance.

Under pressure a close range shot was cleared by Page and somehow ended up in the hands of Tommy Lee with the home crowd baying for a free kick for a back pass.

A bit of a scrum developed in the County penalty area when Conlon challenged Schmeichel for the ball, the huge County 'keeper having a hissy fit that an opposing player night challenge for the ball.

Mark Allott's attempted clearance in the penalty area looped up in the air and was dropping uncomfortably towards the Spireties goal-line. Tommy Lee caught the ball but was bundled over the line by Hughes but the referee penalised the County striker.

Some respite for the Spireites came with a free kick that saw the ball at the right end. Conlon was subsequently fouled to set up yet another free kick but play petered out.

Therre was plenthy of evidence that County don't mind putting the boot in as Whaley was the latest to be fouled, the resulting free kick ended in a corner which came to nothing.

County look a strong outfit with plenty of firepower but questions are already being asked if these high rollers should still be allowed to play if the wage bill is as reported, 300% of turnover instead of the advocated 60%.

Craig Westcar was the latest to get in a shot as he wrapped his foot round the ball to send in a rasping shot over the Spireites bar.

Neil Bishop was booked for County as the referee at last seemed to be taking firm action after a series of robust challenges by the home side.

Boos rang out at the half-time whistle, as home fans displayed their displeasure at the referee for the number of free kicks apparently awarded to Chesterfield, whilst the away fans equally were disgruntled that the referee had not taken enough action against a very physical County side.

Half-time County 1 Spireites 0

From the kick-off Wade Small and Drew Talbot made some headway but were crowded out,

Pressure at the other end with a couple of corners but a quick break down the left led to a cross from Small which caused some confusiom for the home defence. Whaley got a touch but the ball wascleared with a suggestion of a handball by someone in there.

The game really opened up now as Thompson got the better of Niven to rifle in a powerful shot that rebounded off the post.

End to end as Chesterfield broke forward with Conlon setting up Small whose shot was well saved by Schmeichel diving at full length.

Conlon who had been having a right old tussle all night was booked by the referee for giving as much as is being dished out by the home side.

Chesterfield made two substiututions, Scott Boden replacing Barrie Conlon, whilst Danny Boshell replaced the hard working Derek Niven in midfield.

With the tension rising the referee sent manager John Sheriden into the stands after he quite rightly reacted to a disallowed throwin which was clearly taken from the correct spot.

After being booed off af half-time, it seemd as if the referee was looking to court some good favour from the home fans by this rather dramatic and unnecessary sending off.

The officials certainly looked quite fetching in their loud pink outfits.

Chesterfield were looking much better in this second-half, but found County a hard nut to crack.

Andy Whing made his debut, coming on for Dan Gray.

County's Luke Rodgers twice got in fierce shots, first stinging the fingers of Lee as he saved on the line, second after making a good opening he blasted over.

With Chestefield continuing to press for an equaliser, County started to sit deeper andlooked to have settled for holding on to what they had and just relying on breakaways.

The home side certainly looked solid at the back, although the Spireites continued to look for an opening.

The crosses rained in but man mountain Kasper Schmeichel, a giant in his goal seemed to consume anything in the air.

A long range shot from Boshell went just wide.

With Chesterfield having the better of the exchanges Delroy Facey entered the fray to cause a few problems for the Spireites. When the ball was whipped across the Chesterfield goal Tommy Lee saved well from Ben Davies.

Scott Boden did well to beat his man on the left to set up a shot for himself but a defender managed to intercept his goalbound effort.

County stood firm as Chesterfield piled on the pressure but they just could not make any impact on Schmeichel's goal.

There was time for one last effort as Andy Wring on the overlap crossed in to win a corner, but man mountain was in there again to snaffle the ball as it was floated in.

Hughes is booked for exagerating the impact when the ball hits him, he is immediately substituted and could face a fine for his outragious behaviour,

The cheers rang out from the County fans as the final whistle went both in relief and in tribute to a hard earned victory by Notts County.

Chesterfield gave it their all but lacked the muscle and fire power to overcome a very strong and physical County side.

The game was a good advert for League Two, especially the second half with no quarter given by either side.

Final score: County 1 Spireites 0

Starting line-up: Tommy Lee, Dan Gray, Rob Page, Ian Breckin (c), Alan Goodall, Simon Whaley, Derek Niven, Mark Allott, Drew Talbot, Barrie Conlon.

Subs bench:- Kevin Austin, Danny Boshell, Scott Boden, Mark Crossley, Andy Whing, Gary Madine, Craig Clay.

Crowd of 7341, which included 1519 from Chesterfield.

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