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Posted Wed 24 Feb 10 at 21:41 PM

Alex 0 Spireites 1

Crewe broke from the kick-off and managed a shot at goal by Moore after just twenty seconds. The Spireites returned and Conlon got the ball to Rundle, whose cross caused problems in the Crewe box.

Phillips pushed a Whaley snap-shot out for the game's first corner on 5; Green's kick was headed out for another corner, causing Green to trot to the opposite quadrant to take it. Again, the ball was headed behind for a corner. The cleared ball came to Allott, whose shot was spilled by Phillips into the path of Conlon, who shot across the goal from the narrowest of angles.

A shot from Moore hit the bar and bounced down to be gathered by Lee on 10. Whaley's foul on 16 gave Crewe a chance with a free kick some five yards or so outside the penalty box, but the kick sailed into the arms of Lee. Brayford's tackle prevented Rundle capitalising on a good Gray pass, at the expense of a corner. Green's kick caused consternation in the box and led to Rundle's shot being deflected over for another corner, which Green took, but Page's foul brought this passage of play to a close.

DREW TALBOT gave Chesterfield the lead on 26. Alan Goodall began the move, finding Barry Conlon; he controlled well but saw an effort to progress blocked, and the ball ran to Talbot, who fired home his tenth goal of the season despite a hand from Phillips getting a touch.

Chesterfield retained the initiative and forced a corner a minute later. Page's header from Green's kick was cleared off the line and Breckin stabbed the ball just wide. At the other end Lee was forced into a decent save to prevent Grant's header going in.

A Crewe corner was taken short and crossed by Tootle on 38, but Walton headed over. Miller's shot on 39 clipped Goodall and went out for another Crewe corner. Page won a couple of headers and Allott cleared with certainty, but the Railwaymen were having more of the game at this stage.

Halftime: Alex 0 Spireites 1

Attendance: 3278 (294 travelling Spireites)

Sloppy play from the Alex defence presented Conlon with a chance but the Irishman shot over in a rush. A series of fouls in the first ten minutes after halftime from Chesterfield men gave the Alex the opportunity to press the visitors' box, but nothing came of them. Gray went into the book for a lazy foul on Tootle after 58. Allott was unfairly penalised for a foul on the same man a minute later, just outside the side of the box. Westwood stepped up to take it but Allott got some justice, being the man who headed it away. Allott was having a good few minutes helping out in front of his own back four.

Talbot went down with a head injury after an unpunished foul as the home crowd hooted its disapproval. Chesterfield were working hard to keep Crewe at bay, doing the simple, safe things right, and the Alex fans didn't appreciate it.

Clayton Donaldson came on for Miller after 71 minutes to offer a greater physical threat to the Blues' goal. In a rare-ish foray towards the Alex nets Conlon found Green and the youngster's shot was palmed away by Phillips. A good-looking Whaley cross found Conlon's head but an offside flag stopped the move.

Crewe brought Luke Murphy on with eleven minutes of the ninety left. Whaley was brought down four yards outside the box, dead centre. Whaley took the free kick and struck the heels of a man in the wall. Chesterfield retained possession and Conlon headed Rundle's cross over.

Crewe won a corner off Goodall on 83, which Westwood took; Conlon's header went up in the air and Alex regained possession but sloppy play let Talbot get a toe in to usher the ball to safety. Murphy shot over after a decent run on 87.

Talbot took the ball into the box but had no one to pass to and Crewe recovered to break quickly, only to find Lee holding well at the near post. Crewe won another corner in the final minute and Breckin headed away as far as Shelley, whose shot flew comfortably wide.

Boden replaced Conlon with one of the two additional minutes played. Right at the death, Tootle forced Lee into a fantastic save to preserve the win. Chesterfield took all three points for the sixth game in succession, and deservedly so, having looked as comfortable as an away side could for the duration of the game.

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