Chesterfield drew a blank in a 0-0 draw at Gresty Road, but could have grabbed all three points after a strong away performance.Both teams would have been wondering how the game stayed goalless but that’s how it ended, with both teams having to settle for a point.
Chesterfield quickly bedded down into a solid passing game and created the first chance with four minutes gone when a chipped ball over the top of the Crewe defender by Gary Roberts found Eoin Doyle but the striker couldn’t bring the ball under control.
It was a case of déjà vu a minute later as Roberts played the exact same ball to Doyle but the offside flag prevented a Spireites breakthrough.
The action continued to come thick and fast, Roberts once again the threat, fizzing a ball into Jay O’Shea who tried to find Doyle, but the Irishman couldn’t stretch far enough and the chance came to nothing.
It was turning into a battle of the wingers with almost 20 minutes gone as both sides looked to get the ball out wide. Febian Brandy and Greg Leigh both looked dangerous for the home side but none of the balls flashed across the Chesterfield box were met by an Alex player.
A strong effort from 25 yards out by Jimmy Ryan would have given Chesterfield the advantage had it not been for a good stop from Alex goalkeeper Ben Garratt.
The ‘keeper had to have his wits about him again when, with half an hour gone, Sam Clucas found himself in behind the Crewe defence and played a clever back-heel to Doyle who fired his shot straight at Garratt.
As the half drew to a close it was Chesterfield who looked to be finishing the stronger. A floated Jay O’Shea corner connected with the head of Ian Evatt but, just like the many other chances the Spireites had created, it failed to find the back of the net.
Brandy made an explosive a start to the second halffor the hosts but after the ball fell to him in the box he couldn’t turn quickly enough to get a shot on Tommy Lee’s goal.
Crewe went close again when a cross from substitute George Cooper found Bradden Inman but the effort went just wide of the post, while at the other end Roberts had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag.
With the game quickly becoming heated, Gary Roberts again came close to breaking the deadlock with a curled effort towards the far post from a tight angle before seeing a volley also fly wide.
O’Shea also had a brilliant chance to get on the scoresheet. A great ball over the top from Roberts found Doyle who pulled it back for O’Shea but the ball popped up off the boot of the midfielder and into the grateful arms of Garratt.
Crewe, were still putting in a passionate performance, tirelessly working to hassle and hurry the Chesterfield players and giving them very little time on the ball. None more so than Brandy who had been full of vigour from the start.
The diminutive winger had been the biggest Crewe threat throughout the game but it was Leigh that came the closest to beating Lee, forcing the goalkeeper into a reaction save to his left.
However, at full time both teams had to settle for a draw, leaving Chesterfield to look ahead to the next game and a local derby against Barnsley.
Crewe: Garratt (gk) - Guthrie, Davis, Dugdale (c), Turton, Inman, Baillie, Leigh, Brandy, Haynes (Cooper, 45), Grant
Subs not used: Shearer, Atkinson, Sanders, Waters, Ness, Tate.
Chesterfield: Lee (gk), Darikwa, Evatt (c), Jones, Morsy, Ryan, O’Shea (Humphreys, 83), Roberts, Clucas, Doyle, Raglan
Subs not used: Wright, Boco, Banks, Gardner, Ariyibi, Beesley.