Chesterfield's winless streak was extended to seven games after losing to 3-2 to Burton Albion at Warminster road on Saturday.
A well taken goal from Bradley Bowland and a Joshua Scully penalty wasn’t enough for the home side who haven’t won a game in 2013.
Boss Dave Bentley was forced to make one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe last weekend, with Mark Fereday coming in Regan Eldridge.
It was Chesterfield that started the brighter of the two and almost took the lead after just 90 seconds. Bradley Bowland picked out Fereday with a good through ball, but his low, driven shot was well saved by the Brewers ‘keeper.
However, it was Burton that drew first blood with their first attack. A half-hearted clearance from the Chesterfield defence found Burton striker Marcus Harness unmarked 20 yards out, who unleased a rocket of a shot that bounced over the diving Alexander.
The Brewers came close to doubling their lead just seconds later, Kyle O'Mahoney was found deep in the Chesterfield box but his header drifted well wide of the target.
Some suspect defending from Tim Whittaker almost gifted the visitors a goal. His headed back pass was intercepted by Ben Caldwell who was sent one-on-one with the Spirites ‘keeper, however Alexander used his size well and denied the midfielder with a great save.
For all their pressure, Burton couldn’t find a second a goal and Chesterfield continued to look a threat on the counter, and it was through this tactic that Chesterfield found themselves level. Joshua Scully collected the ball midway through the Burton half and picked out Bowland with a fantastic ball and the striker calmly passed the ball past the on rushing Burton ‘keeper to even things up.
Tim Whittaker was on the score sheet when the sides met earlier in the season, and this was the case again, however this time in he put the ball in his own net. The strong centre half scuffed a O'Mahoney cross past the helpless Alexander and into the Spireites net to restore the visitor's lead.
Chesterfield had a chance to level before half time, only to be denied by some good defending from Albion. Fereday was first to a Josh Scully corner and his powerful header was cleared on the line.
The second-half started as a midfield battle with both teams struggling to keep possession. The fans had to wait until the 60th minute for the first chance of the half, which fell to the home side. Scully's curling free-kick was held well by the Brewers ‘keeper.
Cormac Noel was kept quiet for a majority of the game, but he had a chance to equalise when he was sent through one-on-one after another good ball by Scully, however the tricky wingers’ effort was struck wide of the Burton goal.
Chesterfield continued to press in search of an equaliser and had another good opportunity through Bowland. Fereday picked out the striker on the six yard line but his header was straight at the Burton goalkeeper.
Like Burton in the first half, the Spireites were caught on the break. Harness capitalised on some poor Chesterfield defending, ran into the box, and his well hit effort was saved by Alexander but put into the path of Matt Palmer who tapped the ball home.
Chesterfield were denied a penalty after what looked bad tackle on Bowland by a Burton defender, however Chesterfield got the penalty they deserved just moments later for a deliberate handball. Scully converted the spot kick making it a nervy last five minutes for Burton.
Despite late pressure from the hosts, the traveling side were able to hold to their lead as the game finished 3-2, the same score line when the two teams met earlier in the season, and the result disappointed manager Bentley.
Speaking after the match Bentley said: “I thought we were poor today. We never got going at all and we can’t expect to take anything from games if we aren’t going to play well.
“We were poor defensively again, and made a lot of simple mistakes, we failed to close down for the first goal, and Tim (Whittaker) was unlucky for the second, but it’s something we have to work on going into the last part of the season”.
Next up for the young Spireites is a tough away test at Rotherham on Saturday.
Chesterfield team: Alexander, Slack, Whittaker, Broadhead, McNicholas, Fereday (Johnson), Scully, Hewitt (Brock), Noel (Partridge), Mathers & Bowland