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Posted Thu 10 May 12 at 06:05 AM

Chesterfield were unable to finish !

Chesterfield were unable to finish the season with a win in front of five-and-a-half thousand Spireites at the B2net Stadium. It was a poor game in truth with the only difference being that Brentford took their chances, which is the difference between teams at the top and teams at the bottom.

Injuries to Danny Whitaker, Jimmy Juan and Gregor Robertson forced John Sheridan into a number of changes.

Tendayi Darikwa came in to make his home debut and Mark Allott was reinstalled  in the middle of the car park in place of Jimmy Juan. Craig Clay and Derek Niven returned to the bench.

A lovely ball from stand-in centre half Liam Ridehalgh gave Alex Menday a chance to run at Leon Legge but the Frenchman wanted too much time to come inside and Legge made the clearance.

Brentford went close on the seven minute mark, Jake Bidwell sent a dangerous ball in from the left but it had too much pace for the on-rushing Sam Saunders.


An innocuous looking challenge by Darikwa gave The Bees a chance to test Chesterfield's defence from a set-piece and they duly delivered. Sam Saunders sent in a teasing ball and Leon Legge leapt to head he away side on front.

Opportunities on goal were hard to come by in the early exchanges with Brentford taking the only meaningful one. But Franck Moussa found a pocket of space in between the Brentford midfield and defence but his shot at goal was deflected harmlessly over the bar.

Chesterfield recovered well from going a goal behind and started to create chances. However, not enough care was taken with the final pass and opportunities seemed to disappear as quickly as they appeared.

Clayton Donaldson went close for the visitors with five minutes remaining in the first half. The striker drove into the box and fired a shot just wide of the post from a tight angle.

A first half was lacked in quality was brought to a close after Sam Saunders saw his curled effort miss both the outstretched hand of Tommy Lee and the post.


Alex Mendy didn't have his best half in a Chesterfield shirt was replaced by Jamie Lowry at the break.

The pattern of the first half continued into the opening minutes of the second, good play from Chesterfield that lacked guile in the final third. Franck Moussa drove into the Brentford box and hit a powerful shot which, not for the first time, was blocked by a Brentford defender.

The game lacked in quality with both sides conceding possession far too easily.


With around thirty minutes to play the game was all but sealed for The Bees. Sam Saunders drove into the box and he cut the ball back for an unmarked Toumani Diagouraga to send the ball past Tommy Lee to double the visitor's advantage.


Scott Boden hit a low drive from the edge off the area, it came back off the post and fan favourite Franck Moussa slotted the ball home with a good finish to reignite The Spireites' hopes of finishing on a high.

The comeback was almost complete with twenty minute to go. Moussa clipped a ball to the back post and Craig Westcarr met it with a powerful header which looked destined for the back of the net only for Simon Moore to pull off a great save to deny him.

Chesterfield had the bit between their teeth and Moussa was inches away from adding his, and Chesterfield's, second with a powerful effort from the edge of the area.


Hopes of a dramatic comeback were dashed after eighty minutes. A corner came in from the right and Clayton Donaldson got in front of his man and headed the ball into the Chesterfield net.

Donaldson's goal knocked the stuffing out of Chesterfield and the visitors were happy to see the game out meaning that the final ten minutes were played at snail's pace.


Mark Allott, having not scored for two-and-a-half years, sent a rocket of a shot beyond Moore from twenty-five. It was too little too late unfortunately as a goal of that calibre is worthy of winning any game.

A disappointing end to a disappointing season for The Spireites but Sheridan showed last season that he knows how to win League Two and hopefully he can do so again next season.


Attendance: 5,699 (518 away)

Chesterfield XI: Lee, Talbot (c), Thompson (Clay '66), Ridehalgh, Darikwa, Allott, Randall (Boden '55), Moussa, Mendy (Lowry '46), Westcarr, Bowery

Unused Subs: Fleming, Niven

Brentford XI: Moore, Balkestein, Saunders (Reeves '77), Douglas (c), Donaldson, Logan, Forrester (Morrison '63), Diagouraga, Bidwell (Thompson '87), Dean, Legge

Unused Subs: McGinn, Norris

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