The Spireites fell to a third single-goal defeat in a row as they lost 1-0 to Burton Albion on a cold night in Staffordshire on Friday night.
The second period saw both sides probe for the second goal of the contest, but another goal didn't ever come as Chesterfield fell to another close-fought defeat.
Danny Wilson made two changes ahead of the game against league leaders Burton Albion as Rai Simons and Gboly Aryibi replaced Lee Novak and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
It took a while for the game to get going in chilly conditions at the Pirelli Stadium. Despite being top of the league, Burton were struggling to get past the Chesterfield backline.
The first 15 minutes failed to produce any clear cut chances, with Chesterfield stretching Burton and wingers Aryibi and Jay O’Shea seeing plenty of the ball, but both struggling to create chances.
It was the hosts who registered the first chance of the game. Phil Edwards crossed in a delightful ball into the box which was cleared by loanee Tom Anderson, but with the ball falling to former Spireite Mason Bennett he could only hit the ball into the ground and straight at Tommy Lee.
Again it was Burton who created the next opportunity. John Mousinho got his cross into the box which Chesterfield managed to clear, but a rocket of a shot from Stuart Beavon hit Liam O’Neil straight in the face resulting in seven minutes of treatment for the defender. Winger Dan Gardner replaced O’Neil, the latter going to hospital in a neck brace.
The Spireites were doing well to hold their own against the Brewers, looking good on the counter attack but lacking the clinical edge in the final third.
With Burton pushing again, they found themselves with three corners in a row; the final corner being the most threatening.
Mark Duffy’s delivery was again cleared by Anderson, Calum Butcher had time to take the ball down though smashed his effort over the bar.
With the clock ticking down at the end of the first half, Chesterfield were pushing forwards. A Jay O’Shea free-kick was met by Sam Hird who headed narrowly wide of Jon McLaughlin’s goal.
It was soon Chesterfield again who were creating the chances. Ariyibi made a darting run, cut inside but his shot went straight out for a throw in.
The fourth official signalled seven minutes at the end of the first half due to O’Neil’s injury and it was Burton who dominated those minutes.
The hosts broke the deadlock on the 45th minute when the ball was played into the box and Butcher had time to take it down, turn and shoot into Lee’s bottom left corner.
The goal gave life to the Burton team and teenager Bennett put a great ball into the box which was missed by Beavon who failed to make contact with ball.
It was again Bennett causing problems for Chesterfield again soon as his cross yet again avoiding everyone in the box, but the Brewers ended the first half well.
The visitors started the second half in good fashion, Bermudan striker Rai Simons controlled the ball on the byline but his shot just flew over the crossbar.
After a positive second half start from the Spireites, Burton began to control the second half. Lively Duffy won a free kick in the Chesterfield half, which McCrory laid off to Beavon but his shot bobbled with of the post.
The Brewers were starting to show their class and had another attempt at goal. McCrory found the ball in the middle and unleashed a shot which deflected into Tommy Lee’s grateful hands.
Despite the Burton pressure, Chesterfield soon had a chance of their own. A neat one-two from Talbot and O’Shea resulted into Talbot running at the Burton centre-backs but his weak effort was easily saved by McLauglin.
The Spireites were still giving trouble to the league leaders and started to dominate in possession. Substitute Ollie Banks found himself in the box after some good passing beforehand, but his run ended with a corner.
With few chances in the second half, Burton had one to double their advantage. Beavon’s dangerous low cross fell to Duffy in the penalty area and after a scramble Akins shot wide.
In the 85th minute and after some good play between Akins and Beavon, the latter’s powerful shot was palmed away by Lee, the last opportunity of the game for either side.
Burton Albion: Butcher 45'