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Doyle Hat-Trick Dents the Iron

13 September 2014

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Chesterfield avenged their defeat to Scunthorpe in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by hammering them 4-1 in League 1.

Eoin Doyle showed exactly why he was named the club’s Player of the Month for August with a superb 17-minute hat-trick.

After a lifeless first half, Scunthorpe took the lead through Paddy Madden, but after missing a penalty, Doyle and the Spireites roared into a clear lead before Samy Morsy crowned the scoring with a late fourth.

The first chance fell to the Spireites when Daniel Jones beat Luke O’Neill down the left wing and whipped in a cross for Romuald Boco whose shot was blocked.

With just 11 minutes gone Scunthorpe were presented with a chance of their own after a mistake from new signing Georg Margreitter left O’Neill through on goal, but the Wolves loanee was quick to recover and got back to block the attempted ball through.

A spectacular effort from debutant Sam Clucas almost found the back of the net minutes later but his overhead volley flew just over the bar. 

Doyle was at it again just seconds later, picking the ball up on the edge of the box and leaving Scunthorpe goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik rooted to the spot as his curling shot went just wide.

Gary Roberts’ afternoon was cut prematurely short with 20 minutes gone when he pulled up on the halfway line with a recurrence of his hamstring strain and was replaced by Daniel Johnson.

Despite the game being relatively cagey there were still chances to be had in the last ten minutes of the first half, and only the offside flag prevented Doyle from capitalising on an attacking move that saw him clean through on goal.

With just five minutes to go until half time Tommy Lee was called into action to stop a rasping shot from former Spireite Gary McSheffrey. The resulting corner was cleared and quickly turned into a counter attack that saw Morsy force Olejnik into a diving save to his left.

The second half started with a bang. With just 30 seconds gone Madden found himself in the box with the ball at his feet and fired past Lee to give the visitors the lead.

However, just three minutes later Chesterfield were granted a chance to tie the score when, after much deliberation, a penalty was awarded for handball. Doyle stepped up but his shot rattled the crossbar and was cleared by the Irons defence.

The in-form striker made up for his error in the 54th minute, however, with a great finish into the bottom left corner of the Scunthorpe goal giving Olejnik no time to react and bringing the Spireites back into the game.

With the game becoming more and more open both sides were creating chances and one was finally taken when, ten minutes after getting his first, Doyle pounced again and coolly slotted the ball past Olejnik after being found brilliantly by Johnson.

Doyle continued to be a thorn in Scunthorpe’s side and just minutes after notching his second he was brought down in the area forcing the referee to award another penalty. This time the striker made no mistake, rifling the ball past the goalkeeper and completing a quick hat-trick and taking his tally to eight for the season.

Chesterfield refused to settle for three though and continued to press. Doyle laid off a nice ball to Sam Clucas but his first touch was a bit too heavy and the attack petered out.

A fourth goal seemed to be on the cards with the amount of attacks flowing towards the Scunthorpe goal and it finally came courtesy of Morsy. His chipped ball over the onrushing Olejnik secured a fantastic comeback for the home side and sealed Paul Cook’s men a deserved three points.

Chesterfield: Lee (gk) - Evatt (c), Darikwa, Ryan, Morsy, Margreitter, Jones - Boco, Clucas (Gnanduillet, 83'), Roberts (Johnson, 20'), Doyle (Ariyibi, 90')

Unused subs: Chapman, Raglan, O’Shea, Banks

Scunthorpe United: Olejnik (gk) - Canavan (c), O’Neill, Sparrow (Kee, 83'), Adelakun (Taylor, 70'), Llera, Williams, McAllister, Madden, McSheffrey, Dawson (Myrie-Williams, 77')
Unused subs: Weaver, Hawkridge, Boyce, Sutton


Chesterfield: Doyle 55', 64', 72' (pen), Morsy 88'

Scunthorpe United: Madden 46'

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