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Spireites Frustrated by Cobblers.

26 November 2013

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Chesterfield endured a frustrating evening after being held to a 0-0 draw by bottom side Northampton Town.

Chances were few and far between for the Spireites as they left with only a point, keeping them second in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

The Spireites named the same side for the fourth successive game as they looked to continue their recent run of good form.

After a very quiet opening to the game, both sides were enjoying spells of possession without really making any clear cut chances.

Armand Gnanduillet picked up the first booking of the evening just before the half hour mark after kicking the ball away and that seemed to lift the atmosphere inside the Proact Stadium.

The referee was making himself unpopular with the home crowd after a few questionable incidents didn’t go the Spireites way.

In terms of clear cut chances, the first half was lacking any real creativity. Jay O’Shea had a shot that wasn’t troubling the Northampton goalkeeper, and Gnanduillet headed over from a Gary Roberts cross.

Five minutes before half time, Kane Ferdinand had Northampton’s best chance of the evening. The striker stole a mark on his defender but he could only head over the bar from six yards out.

The second half kicked off in a similar fashion to the first as Northampton tried to slow things down at every opportunity.

Gnanduillet was trying to create havoc up front but Paul Cook brought on Marc Richards, just after the hour mark, in his place to add something different to the attack.

The decision almost paid off for Chesterfield as Richards was unlucky not to nod the Spireites ahead. Roberts delivered a superb ball into the centre but it was just in front of the striker and the ball unfortunately evaded him.

Richards was putting himself about and found space again minutes later, but the strikers effort was tame and it was comfortably saved by Northampton goalkeeper, Matt Duke.

With fifteen minutes remaining and tensions rising, Ryan embarked on a mazy run. He took it past a couple of opposition players but his shot went straight into the hands of the Northampton stopper.

The Spireites made their second change of the evening as Ollie Banks was replaced by Eoin Doyle. The switch meant Chesterfield reverted to a 4-4-2 formation as they looked to break down the resolute Cobblers defence.

With time ticking away, the visitors were doing their level best to slow the pace of the game down as the Spireites went in search of the decisive goal.

Jamie Devitt was brought on for O’Shea deep into stoppage time, but the winger couldn’t make a difference and the game finished goalless.

Chesterfield: Lee; Talbot, Evatt (c), Cooper, Humphreys; Hird, Ryan, O'Shea (Devitt 90+1'), Banks (Doyle 79'), Roberts; Gnanduillet (Richards 59').

Subs not used: Chapman, Togwell, McFadzean, Darikwa.

Northampton Town: Duke, Amankwaah, Widdowson, Hackett, Reid (c), Emerton (Tozer 90+3), Blyth (Platt 70'), Kouo-Doumbe, Dallas (Deegan 72'), Ferdinand, Ravenhill.

Subs not used: Collins, Morris, McNamara, Norris.

Goals: Chesterfield 0 - 0 Northampton Town

Attendance: 5,321

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