Chesterfield were without Nathan Smith, away on international duty with Jamaica, but Greg Fleming continued in goal after making a flying visit north to be at the birth of his child. Manager John Sheridan made three changes to the side that secured a fine win at Meadow Lane in midweek, and none were surprising, since the inclusion of Allott, Clarke and Westcarr, at the expense of Clay, Bowery and the suspended Johnson, made the side look stronger.
Drew Talbot conceded a corner on 5, denying O'Grady the chance to run onto a flick after the ball was booted long to Madine, The kick was played short and the move broke down; The Spireites were able to break through Clarke and Westcarr but the offside flag eventually brought the move to a close.
O'Connor gave away a corner on 7 in preventing Talbot from making progress and Lines headed a decent flag kick clear.. At the other end, Marshall won a corner and took it himself, on 8; the ball was crossed too high to threaten Chesterfield's defence, though, and forced away.
Holden got an important touch to a Lines pass on 9 to prevent O'Grady receiving the ball. A Marshall long throw was flicked on and put over by Talbot, at the expense of another corner.
Mendy's trickery took him past two on 12 and he found Clarke despite Bennett's attempted foul; a corner resulted, which Randall curled into the danger area. Semedo carried the ball forward on the counter and Wednesday won a corner, retaining possession through Marshall until Mendy came back to defend well.
A Marshall shot was blocked for a corner on 16. From a crowd of players Lewis Buxton rose to head the kick into the Chesterfield net for the game's opening goal. In response a super Randall ball towards Westcarr looked to have found the forward onside, but the flag went up. As play stopped, Westcarr pulled up injured, and went down for treatment from Jamie Hewitt.
Randall slipped a pass towards Clarke on 21 and Jones intercepted; the ball might have gone anywhere, but it flew out for a corner. Randall's delivery did not beat the first opponent.
Mendy worked the ball towards the Wednesday area and strong claims for a handball penalty were waved away by the referee. Downes was booked for a foul on Madine after 24 minutes. Mendy found Talbot and he crossed dangerously, on 26; Bywater got a fingertip to it and it went out, but the officials saw it as a goal kick.
O'Grady had a shot cleared from inside the 6-yard box by Downes on 28. Mendy came within inches of an equaliser on 30, firing a shot wide after taking the ball into a good position.
Marshall took a corner towards Madine on 33 but the ball was cleared robustly. A Grounds cross towards Clarke on 38 was blocked for a throw, and O'Grady gave away a free kick from it. Randall's loss of control allowed a chance to slip after Morgan's cross took a deflection and fell kindly for the young midfielder. Clarke shot goalwards after a good move with Westcarr and the effort was blocked for a corner on 42. The kick was aimed at Downes but play was stopped for a foul as the ball came over. As the visitors finished the half strongly, Westcarr helped a Morgan cross towards goal, but over the bar.
Halftime: Owls 1 Spireites 0 Attendance: 24,514 (away 3,268).
Jordan Bowery came on for the injured Westcarr for the start of the second half. Having ended the half strongly, Chesterfield began the second in the same fashion; Randall found Clarke free in the penalty area but his connection merely put the ball wide, and a fine chance was wasted.
Talbot went down after a foul by O'Connor that denied the Chesterfield man an opportunity to advance into space, and earned a yellow for the Sheffield man. Chesterfield put men into the box for the free kick and Wednesday brought every man back; the home side were able to keep the enthusiastic Spireites at bay. Wednesday brought Johnson on for O'Connor. Grounds' fine run set up Bowery to fire a shot that clipped Jones and went out for a corner. In the time it took Morgan and Randall to work it short, Wednesday cleared their defence and caught Chesterfield offside.
Grounds cleared at the back post after Fleming failed to gather a cross. Against the run of play Gary Madine fired a shot into the net from around 30 yards with Fleming able only to get a hand to it, extending the home side's lead.
Chesterfield rallied, and won a corner from a blocked Randall shot on 66, which the home side cleared. Randall shot just over the bar from the edge of the area a minute later, and Hillsborough went quiet again.
Wednesday brought Sedgewick on for O'Grady on 71. A rare Wednesday probe forward led to a corner on 73, which Downes hooked away after Fleming palmed the ball out of a forest of bodies.
Danny Whitaker came on to replace Mark Allott after 75 minutes. Clarke won a corner on 78 which Randall took; it fell to the unmarked LEON CLARKE, who got in front of his marker and gleefully poked the ball home to reduce the arrears and increase the home fans' anxiousness. Chesterfield pressed and Bowery got a head to a cross; it cannoned off the back of a Wednesday head and into the grateful arms of Bywater.
Morgan gave the ball away deep in midfield with a careless pass and the home side broke, scoring a third goal through Marshall on 87 to give the scoreline a slant that was unfair on Chesterfield. At the death, Fleming made a fine save to deny a second goal to Madine.