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Spireites Slump to Iron Defeat

17 February 2015

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Two second-half goals for Scunthorpe United saw a much-changed Chesterfield side lose their third successive game in the league.

Scunthorpe United: Daniels (gk), Canavan, Madden, Van Veen (


United made it two with five minutes remaining. Jones, who had looked so assured, stumbled and lost possession. Madden didn’t need asking twice and picked up the loose ball and fired coolly home to seal a hard fought win for the hosts.

At this stage Scunthorpe looked good value for their lead with the Spireites struggling to build a head of steam.

As the minutes ticked away, Bishop went close for the Iron with a back header across goal. Moments later Jones produced the tackle of the game to rob the same player. Jones continued to shine with another superb block from Canavan to keep the score at 1-0.

Lavery had a great opening after 72 minutes. Ryan provided the ammunition but he failed to connect to prod home from six yards and moments later Gnanduillet fired wide of the left upright.

The Spireites made three quick substitutions and reverted to 4-4-2 as Lavery and Gnanduillet took the lead roles.

Hird conceded a flag kick and Madden forced a finger tip save from Lee. United went ahead from the second corner as Canavan found space at the far post and headed home from close range after 58 minutes.

Madden headed over when he really should have done better after a deflected Van Veen cross found him free at the far post.

United had a great early opening as a long cross-field ball found Tom Hopper wide on the left, but he struggled to control the bounce and his final effort lacked power.
The mood at the interval was that the performance was better but still lacking a little spark and the team came out determined to put that right as they kicked towards the 432 travelling Spireites.

In the last minute of the half, Darikwa provided a pin-point ball in only for Harrison to head agonisingly wide. Overall, it was a much improved performance as the Spireites eased through the one additional minute.

A superb three-man move saw Harrison lay off to O’Shea who set up Morsy to fire hard but straight at Daniels. With five minutes to the interval, Ryan set up O’Shea who fired well over. Moments later, Lee saved well from Kevin van Veen.

The Spireites were unrecognisable from the team that looked so out-of-sorts at the weekend and continued to threaten with Ariyibi causing all sorts of problems in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Lee got down well to stop another well directed effort from Madden just after the half-hour mark.

Tommy Lee saved from Madden after 25 minutes but the linesman had spotted an offside. Darikwa set up another promising move; Ariyibi took over and O’Shea and Humphreys again linked well before Evans cleared.

Again the Spireites almost broke through after 22 minutes when Ariyibi fed O’Shea whose shot was held well. Moments later, O’Shea was the provider as Humphreys blasted wide.

Ariyibi again showed his pace down the right and forced a great clearance from Bishop. On 17 minutes, Jay O’Shea provided what looked to be the perfect cross from the right and Humphreys rose well but headed wide of the left upright.

Byron Harrison registered the first shot on target for the Spireites after ten minutes but his shot had little power to test keeper Luke Daniels.

Scunthorpe kicked off on a cold North Lincolnshire evening and started strongly. Tom Hopper headed goalbound after five minutes and Carter headed clear. It wasn’t all one way as Ariyibi tore down the right but his cross lacked direction.

The Spireites made five changes to the side that slumped to a late Leyton Orient winner three days ago. Sam Clucas and Jimmy Ryan were fit enough to start while Sam Hird reclaimed his place at the heart of the defence, replacing Ian Evatt who suffered concussion against Orient. Byron Harrison, Ritchie Humphreys,  Gboly Ariyibi and Ashley Carter started as Caolan Lavery, Mark Duffy, Armand Gnanduillet and Charlie Raglan stood aside.

The Iron’s last two games saw them denied a win at Coventry by a last gasp equaliser and a superb home victory over high flying Swindon set them up nicely.

The Spireites returned to Glanford Park for the third time this season but were facing a very different challenge to the previous cup competition visits.

A second Iron goal followed with five minutes remaining as substitue Dan Jones dwelt on the ball and allowed Paddy Madden to steal the ball, race through on goal and beat Tommy Lee to double the hosts' lead.

Iron midfielder Niall Canavan opened the scoring close to the hour-mark as he chased a near post flick-on from a corner to head home at the far post. , Bishop (c), Evans, O'Neil, Williams, Clarke, Hopper (Wootton 83')

Subs: Anyon, Nolan, McAllister, Adelakun, Boyce,

, Davey (Boyce 67). Osbourne 63)Chesterfield: Lee (gk), Darikwa, Hird, Morsy (c), Carter, Ryan, O'Shea, Clucas, Humphreys (Jones 59), Harrison (Gnanduillet 57), Ariyibi Subs not used: Chapman (gk), Raglan, Duffy, Banks.

. (Lavery 63)

Goals:

Scunthorpe United: Canavan 58, Madden 87.

Attendance: 3,601 (432 away supporters)

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