Bournemouth stood top of League 2 before today’s clash with Chesterfield who have struggled on the road this season. So most of the Cherrie’s fans would probably of expected a comfortable win, but the Spireites were full of confidence after beating Huddersfield on penalties in the Johnstones Paint Trophy on Tuesday.
It was Bournemouth who started the best, within the 1st minute they were attacking and won a corner. Liam Feeney’s corner went to the head of veteran Steve Fletcher who only just headed over. After Ryan Garry was booked, Jamie Lowry took a free-kick which was fumbled by young Bournemouth keeper Shwan Jalal and there to take advantage of the error was ex-Luton striker Drew Talbot whose shot easily found the back of the net. From then on the Spireites took control and went in search of the crucial 2nd goal. Just before the break Shwan Jalal’s poor clearance fell to Drew Talbot who scored his 2nd goal of the game.
After the break Chesterfield sat back and let Bournemouth attack, the closest the Cherrie’s came to a goal was when Danny Holland’s clever chip only just went over the bar. Shortly afterwards Holland’s made up for his other miss by shooting easily past Chesterfield’s Tommy Lee from close range. This goal gave Chesterfield a very nervy last 15 minutes. Attack after Attack for Bournemouth with Liam Feeney, Steve Fletcher and Brett Pitman all coming close. Nothing came of Bournemouths attacks and Chesterfield breathed a huge sigh of relief as the referee blew for full time.
Chesterfield moved up 1 place into 9th while Bournemouth stay top despite the defeat. Chesterfield manager John Sheridan said this after the game:
“I’m obviously very pleased with the result. I thought the first-half we played really well.
“We dominated the first half and I expected them to come out at us.
“We defended well, showed a bit of character and have got a little bit of belief. On our day, we are as good as anyone in the division.”
Sheridan pleased with the performance
- Jalal 5
- Pearce 6
- Garry 6
- Bartley 7
- Cummings 6
- Robinson 5
- Feeney 8
- Hollands 8
- Edgar 6
- Pitman 7
- Fletcher 7
- Stockley 5
- Connell 4
- Bradbury 6
- Lee 8
- Picken 6
- Lowry 8
- Page 7
- Breckin 8
- Little 9
- Allott 7
- Perkins 6
- Lester 8
- McDermott 7
- Talbot 9*
- Bowery 8
- Niven 5
Man Of The Match: Drew Talbot (Chesterfield)
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