Match Report: Chesterfield 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers

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Chesterfield’s resurgence in form continued with a deserved 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at the Proact.

First half goals from the in-form Ollie Banks and Armand Gnanduillet were enough to secure a fourth consecutive win for the Spireites.

Paul Cook named with an unchanged side following wins against Rochdale and Torquay, with the on-loan Sheffield United youngster Callum McFadzean making the bench while Sam Hird continued in his holding midfield role alongside Jimmy Ryan.

Former Chesterfield forward Dean Morgan started on the bench for the Chairboys as Gareth Ainsworth’s side looked to rekindle form in the league after a winless run of five matches.

After a minutes’ silence for the victims of the tragic North Wingfield fire was impeccably observed by the 5,798 in attendance, the game faltered into life with neither side creating a meaningful spell of possession in the opening exchanges.

Chesterfield looked to exploit the height of Armand Gnanduillet with long balls aimed at the Ivorian, but the Wycombe centre back pairing of Gary Doherty and Anthony Stewart managed to clear the early balls forward with relative comfort.

Gnanduillet had the first opportunity of the game after Jimmy Ryan linked well with Ollie Banks to find the striker with a clever through ball, but Gnanduillet’s volley was gathered well by Matt Ingram in the visitors’ net.

Wycombe’s impressive away record this season had been commended by Paul Cook in his pre-match interviews, and the home side found difficulty in breaking down Wycombe’s defence.

Ritchie Humphreys and Gary Roberts linked well down the left wing but Roberts’ crosses were cleared well by the Chairboys’ former Ireland international Gary Doherty.

On the half hour mark Jay O’Shea created space on the right wing to deliver a cross which was volleyed home from 6 yards by Ollie Banks, for the 21-year-old’s fourth goal in three games.

1-0

Tommy Lee captained the side on his 200th appearance for the Spireites and was relatively untroubled in the first half.

Wycombe’s captain Stuart Lewis resorted to an ambitious strike from distance on 38 minutes, but his effort flew over the bar for a goal kick for what was the visitors’ only notable chance before the break.

Another O’Shea cross from the right forced a corner on 44 minutes. Gnanduillet rose above the Wycombe defence to convert Roberts’ delivery with a bullet header, leaving Ingram rooted to the spot.

HT: 2-0

The visitors started the second half with more intent and purpose than was seen before the break.

On loan Sunderland winger Billy Knott linked well with forward Matt McClure to test Tommy Lee with a low shot, but the captain saved well to deny Knott from close range.

Wycombe continued to threaten and enjoyed the majority of possession in the second half.

Steven Craig’s cross just evaded the outstretched leg of Paris Cowan-Hall on 52 minutes as Chesterfield looked to claim a fourth straight clean sheet.

The home side’s first half dominance in midfield dwindled in the second and opportunities were limited to counter attacks, with little troubling Ingram.

Chesterfield’s frustrations told as Jay O’Shea was lucky to stay on the pitch following two cynical fouls, prompting Paul Cook to introduce recent arrival Callum McFadzean in place of O’Shea with 60 minutes on the clock.

Dean Morgan replaced McClure and the former Spireite caused problems with his speed and movement. On 67 minutes Morgan shot from the edge of the box but his effort flew past the post.

Moments later Morgan’s corner from the right found Doherty unmarked at the near post but the defender could not direct his header goal wards.

FT: 2-0

Chesterfield managed to see out the game to collect a deserved three points on Tommy Lee’s landmark occasion, to the delight of first team coach Kev Lynch.

He said: ‘It was a very good team performance and I thought it was a professional job. The objective of today was to get the three points and the lads have carried it out well.

‘We’ve given Tommy the opportunity to captain the club today and in terms of what he’s done for this football club, he’s a great ambassador, he’s a great professional and I think he’ll remember this day for a long time to come. It’s thoroughly deserved and I’m so pleased that he’s kept a clean sheet.’

The result leaves Paul Cook’s side second in Sky Bet League Two, level on points with Oxford and Rochdale, ahead of the visit of Northampton to the Proact on Tuesday Night.

Chesterfield:
Lee;
Talbot, Evatt, Cooper, Humphreys;
Hird, Ryan;
O’Shea (McFadzean 62′), Banks (Darikwa 62′), Roberts;
Gnanduillet (Doyle ’88).
Subs not used: Chapman, Togwell, Devitt, Richards.

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