Chesterfield defeated local rivals Mansfield Town by a single goal as they progress through to the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Gary McSheffrey scored the only goal mid-way through the second half to secure their passage through to the third round of the competition.
Chesterfield made a couple of changes from the side that started against Morecambe on Saturday. In came Ryan Edwards, Jamie Devitt and Chris Porter replacing Tendayi Darikwa, Eoin Doyle and Ritchie Humphreys.
Chesterfield instantly started the game on the back foot. From the kick off, Sam Clucas had an opportunity to open the scoring, but Liam Cooper cleared off the line and away from danger.
The Spireites were nearly caught napping again on five minutes as Lee Stevenson found himself with a sight of goal, but Ian Evatt did enough to put the striker off and he skied his effort over the bar.
Stevenson was causing Chesterfield problems and again found himself with a clear opportunity to put the Stags ahead, but Tommy Lee stood tall and pulled off a wonderful save.
The North Derbyshire side had their first half chance of the game through Porter. Jay O’Shea’s cross was kept alive by Devitt and with his back to goal, Porter could only hit the goalkeeper with his shot.
Hird received the first booking of the feisty encounter after he cynically brought down Colin Daniel on the edge of the area with only 15 minutes of the game played.
Chesterfield started to gain a foothold in the game and O’Shea tried an audacious effort from 40 yards, but his cheeky effort sailed over Alan Marriott’s crossbar.
The Irishman was finding a lot of space in the midfield and unleashed an effort mid-way through the first half from 25 yards out, but it wasn’t troubling the Mansfield goalkeeper.
Calvin Andrew started to find holes in the Chesterfield backline and nearly opened the scoring for the Stags on two occasions. Goalkeeper, Lee blocked his first effort and the striker blasted his other effort wide of the goal.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, Devitt and Cooper quickly entered the referee’s notebook. Both players caught their marker late and the official brandished the yellow.
As two minutes of additional time was announced, Chesterfield earned themselves a free kick, 25 yards out and Devitt’s effort was well saved by Mansfield stopper, Marriott.
The second half started at somewhat of a slow pace with chances coming few and far between.
It was the Spireites that should have opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half. O’Shea picked up the ball out wide and whipped a superb ball into Porter, but the striker couldn’t control and the effort went wide.
The striker, on loan from Sheffield United, was causing the visitors more problems minutes later as he headed a Jimmy Ryan cross wide.
It was the Spireites who was in the ascendency and Irishman, O’Shea forced Marriott into another save, which he tipped over and out of play.
As Chesterfield were dominating, the home side nearly caught them on the break. Clucas fed Stevenson, but Hird was back on the line to clear the danger.
Chesterfield goalkeeper, Lee was forced into action once again and pulled off another beautiful save to deny, Daniel. The attacker found himself one-on-one with the keeper, but he stood firm and saved from close range.
A quick free kick almost caught the home side out. Gary McSheffrey played the ball through to O’Shea; he turned his defender but he dragged his right-footed effort wide of the near post.
The Spireites took the lead on the 72nd minute through McSheffrey. Hird’s ball into the box was well contested by Porter and the ball broke perfectly to the former Coventry man to comfortably tuck home into an open goal to give the Spireites the lead over their local rivals.
The game was held up for ten minutes after the goal as defender, Sutton was injured as he collided with Porter and the goalkeeper during the Chesterfield goal.
Astonishingly, 14 minutes of added on time was announced due to Sutton’s injury. Mansfield forced a succession of corners which the Spireites defender superbly.
Chesterfield midfielder, Ryan, was the fourth player to receive a booking as he kicked the ball away after the referee blew the whistle.
The Spireites made a couple of substitutions during added on time as Darikwa and Olly Banks were introduced in place of Devitt and goal scorer, McSheffrey.
Substitute, Banks, who was making his Spireites debut, picked up the ball on the half way line and drove at the defence, but his effort was struck well over the bar.
With only a minute remaining, Lee pulled off another wonderful save to deny substitute Palmer a goal. He tipped over the striker’s effort from the edge of the area to preserve the Spireites lead.
They could have made it more handsome towards the end of the game as Porter had a chance to double the lead, but his effort was struck over the bar.