Manager John Sheridan made two changes to the side beaten at Walsall for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers to the Last Chance Saloon that was the B2Net Stadium, this afternoon. Fullbacks James Hurst and Nathan Smith were left out, and midfielders Jimmy Juan and Alex Mendy were recalled. Chesterfield abandoned their customary 4-4-2 for this game, selecting a midfield three of Randall, Juan and Moussa, with Mendy, Westcarr and Bowery up front.
TALBOT, FORD, THOMPSON, RIDEHALGH
RANDALL, JUAN, MOUSSA
WESTCARR, BOWERY, MENDY
Subs: Allott, Whitaker, Boden, Smith, Ajose.
Lee saved with his legs to deny Hackett at the expense of a corner on 2. A Strevens shot from the edge of the box screwed wide on 5. Wycombe were awarded a corner on 7 after Strevens played the ball off Ford; Hackett's kick was headed away by Juan at the near post.
Bowery did well to chase a through ball down and rob Bull without fouling him, but when he turned and faced the keeper down, he chose to try to set up Moussa, rather than shooting. Moussa drove forward and found Westcarr on 17; his cross was deflected into the path of Mendy, whose shot struck turf and became much easier for Bull to manage.
Thompson came across to deny Strevens at the expense of a corner on 18. Hackett's kick was again headed clear by Juan. Mendy bustled onto Bowery's play-in but was denied by Stewart at the expense of a corner.
Talbot's deep cross on 25 looked set to find the rising Mendy but a defender make enough of a nuisance of himself to force the Chesterfield man to head high into the north stand. Mendy came inside with the ball on 27 and saw his shot come off Doherty for a corner; from the kick a scrimmage in the Wycombe six-yard box ended when CRAIG WESTCARR tapped in from a yard or so to give Chesterfield the lead.
In a neat period of play for the home side Ridehalgh played the ball forward and Randall helped it into the path of Westcarr, who was robbed in the box by a fine tackle by Stewart.
Beavon set Lewis up on the edge of the Chesterfield areaon 35 but the Chairboy's shot deflected for a corner that was cleared.
Anthony Stewart was forced out of the game with a knee injury on 41 and was replaced by Leon Johnson. Moussa dragged a shot wide on 42.
Halftime: Spireites 1 Wycombe 0Attendance: 5087 (469 from Wycombe)
Scott Boden came on for Westcarr before the second half got underway. A slip in the Chesterfield defence allowed Doherty a surprise shot, but no-one seemed more surprised than Doherty himself, for his effort rather trundled into Lee's arms.
Juan played a fine pass forward to Boden, who retained the ball well and turned to return the ball central, where FRANCK MOUSSA ran in to slot the ball past Bull and extend Chesterfield's lead on 47. Four minutes later, it was three. Ford cleared intelligently to ALEX MENDY and he raced up field from halfway; he left McCoy in a heap and strode into the area; he stumbled, slightly, but looked up and curled a shot beyond Bull and into the net. Chesterfield had found scorers from three different nations today.
Ainsworth replaced Hackett on 57. Bowery held off Johnson to win a corner on 58. Moussa's kick found the head of Jimmy Juan, whose well-placed header was splendidly saved by Bull. McClure replaced McCoy on the hour mark.
Bloomfield's powerful drive from 20 yards clipped Ridehalgh on its way out; McClure climbed for the corner but headed a yard wide. McClure's next shot - from the edge of the area on 64 - was more threatening, but ultimately unproductive. Bowery broke into the box from the clearance but his first touch took him wide and Mendy's shot from Bowery's pass struck Docherty and bounced clear.
Mendy beat two with a drop of the shoulder on 68 and burst forward to see a cross deflect off a W foot for a corner. Eastmond cleared easily but Chesterfield kept the pressure on, and Bull had to punch clear from Mendy's head.
Bowery went into the book on 73 forthrowing an arm up as he went up with Johnson, who caught the offending limb in the face. Lewis was booked for bringing down Ridehalgh after Mendy's neat backheel had played him in on 77. Randall's searching free kick was headed away from in front of Bowery for a corner.
JORDAN BOWERY picked up the ball on the left of Wycombe's defence on 78 and held off a man before working space to rifle a shot across Bull and into the net to make it 4-0 to Chesterfield. Moussa blocked a clearance on 82 and drove forward before firing narrowly wide from a tight angle.
Nathan Smith came on for the influential Ford on 84. Bowery picked up a neat pass from Randall's drive forward and fired a shot first time across Doherty that Bull beat out for a corner. Bull scrambled across his goal after Bowery's header but the ball flew narrowly wide.
The crowd was on its feet at the final whistle, having been rewarded for its patience by the most prolific game - for home goals - since Carlisle's visit in September, and the first home league game in which The Spireites had scored at least twice since the Bonfire Night visit of Yeovil Town.