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90th minute winner!


Accrington Stanley’s financial troubles have somehow affected the team in a good way. A 5-3 win against Crewe followed up with a 2-2 draw at Port Vale have got the fans rolling, and if Stanley can pay their bills then maybe this run will continue. A huge contingent of Accrington fans made the trip to Saltergate hoping the good form would continue.

The away fans had nothing to cheer about in the 1st 10 minutes, as it was all Chesterfield. The Chesterfield pressure continued until the 27th minute when James Ryan’s shot just went wide of Chesterfield Goalie Tommy Lee’s post. From then on it was end to end with Chesterfield’s Mark Allott coming the closest right on half time with a powerful volley which only just missed the target.

Tommy Lee

In the first quarter of an hour in the second half Michael Symes impressed for Stanley, having 2 shots comfortably saved by Tommy Lee. Then with 4 minutes to go Ian Breckins free-kick came to Wade Small who was brought down by Accrington goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin, a penalty was awarded.

Up stepped Jamie Lowry, who has scored 4 penalties so far this season. The low shot was surprisingly saved by Dunbavin, Accrington coudln’t believe their luck. Then, in the 5th minute of added time, Wade Smalls powerful shot went straight into the top corner and Chesterfield had won. Wade Small was then booked for taking his shirt off, but did he care? When the whistle went the Spireites fans were buzzing and almost all of them came out with a happy smile on their faces.

With the win Chesterfield move up 1 place to 10th while Stanley stay in 13th. After the game John Sheridan told the BBC:

“We had some good chances and I think overall we definitely deserved to win.

“We could have had more than one goal and it was difficult in the conditions but we won ugly in the last minute.

“I’m content to win more games like that but I don’t like watching it.”



  • Lee 10
  • Picken 7
  • Robertson 6
  • Page 8
  • Breckin 9
  • Lowry 8
  • Allott 9
  • Niven 8
  • Small 10 *
  • Lester 8
  • McDermott 9


  • Perkins 8
  • Talbot 7

Accrington Stanley

  • Dunbavin 9
  • Kempton 6
  • Edwards 6
  • Winnard 7
  • Lees 7
  • Procter 8
  • Miles 7
  • Grant 8
  • Ryan 7
  • Kee 9
  • Symes 9


  • Joyce 5
  • Turner 5

Man Of The Match: Wade Small (Chesterfield)


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