Chesterfield fell to a fifth defeat in their last six Sky Bet League Two games, with a 4-0 defeat away at Accrington Stanley this afternoon.
Goals from Mark Hughes and captain Sean McConville gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at the interval. Before striker Kayden Jackson added a third two minutes into the second half and Billy Kee notched a fourth in the closing stages.
Manager Jack Lester made six changes to the side which lost at Coventry City, with Laurence Maguire returning to the starting XI, while he also handed debuts to new signings Aaron Ramsdale, Drew Talbot, Sid Nelson, Josh Kay and Zavon Hines.
After a fairly even start the hosts took the lead in the 19th minute, McConville took a short corner to Jackson, he turned and crossed the ball to Hughes, whose left footed strike hit the underside of the crossbar and past the despairing Ramsdale.
Town responded well to that set back, enjoying good spells of possession and having a couple of long range efforts. The best of which came when Hines and Kay combined well on the left flank, Kay then took a touch before shooting over Aaron Chapman’s goal.
Despite plenty of effort from the Spireites, it was the hosts who scored the game’s second goal. Stanley attacked down their right, before working the ball in-field to McConville, he then opened up his body and curled an effort past the diving Ramsdale, onto the post and into the net.
Kay again came close for Town, latching on to a flick on the edge of the area, he let the ball bounce before shooting wide of the target.
Stanley continued to press forward after that, with Jordan Clark twice going close, firstly flicking the ball over the head of Jerome Binnom-Williams and then sending a half volley wide. And then following a counter attack from a Chesterfield corner, he advanced to the edge of the penalty area before shooting wide of Ramsdale and the far post.
Lester made a substitution at the break, with Jak McCourt replacing Binnom-Williams, but the hosts soon made it 3-0, when Jackson was played in down the right, his cross then squirmed under the unfortunate Ramsdale and into the net.
Kay again close for Town, when a move involving Joe Rowley, McCourt and Kristian Dennis saw him in space 25-yards out, he hit a fierce strike but was denied by a fine stop from Chapman.
As the game moved to the closing stages, both teams had chances to score the fourth of the game, McConville was only denied his second in the 73rd minute by Nelson's sliding block. While McCourt saw a shot from outside of the area parried by Chapman, from the rebound, Hines was denied a debut goal by the former Spireite's leg.
But it was the hosts who added the fourth goal of the game, substitute Mekhi McLeod’s shot was parried by Ramsdale before Kee tapped in from close range a minute from time.
Accrington: Chapman, Donacien (Dunne 52), Hughes, Richards-Everton, Johnson, Brown, Nolan, Clark, McConville (C), Jackson (McLeod 76), Kee (Sykes 89).
Subs not used: Stryjek (gk), Ogle, Hmami, Watson.
Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Talbot, Nelson, Maguire, Binnom-Williams (McCourt 46), Weir (C), Reed, Kay (German 80), Hines, Rowley (Kellett 69), Dennis.
Subs not used: Parkin (gk), Dimaio, De Girolamo, Ofoegbu.
Attendance: 1,655 (341 from Chesterfield).