CHESTERFIELD’S woes continued as they lost at home to fellow strugglers Exeter.
Danny Whitaker missed a penalty with 73 minutes on the clock and the scoreline at 0-0.
Though Liam Ridehalgh has been borrowed for the rest of this season from Huddersfield Town this week, most fans were expecting at least two new faces, maybe three, in the squad for this match.
The club, who have just announced a £22,000 loss for last season’s initial season at the B2net Stadium, have promised that money is available to strengthen the rock bottom squad for the second half of the season.
With just 16 points from 24 games, with the greatest respect to Ridehalgh, more bodies and more quality is needed if John Sheridan’s side is to escape from the dreaded basement drop zone.
The fans are also somewhat mystified that the first signing is a left back, with Gregor Robertson and Nathan Smith already in the squad. Right back, central midfielder or striker are much more coveted positions to fill in the views of most followers.
Westcarr, who’d picked up a knock, was replaced by Niven in the first half who therefore moved up to 17th spot in Spireites’ all-time League appearance list, overhauling Les Hunter in his 296th game for the club.
Half-time: Chesterfield 0 Exeter 0
Lester turned on the edge of the box and forced Duffy to foul and a penalty was awarded. Whitaker stepped up to take the 12 yarder but Krysiak dived left to save, the taker’s first miss from that range in regulation time for Spireites, his only previous failure being in the JPT shoot-out at Hillsborough last season.
Bowery headed wide from a right sided cross as the disappointment of the penalty miss hit home with all bar the visiting Exeter contingent subdued.
That mood turned to despair on 79 minutes when LOGAN headed in from a Dunne cross to put Exeter ahead.
City brought on Coles and O’Flynn for Duffy and Noble as they looked to consolidate their lead. Soon after Boden and Smith replaced Mendy and Allott for Chesterfield.
Seconds later City wrapped up the victory when SERCOMBE angled in a shot from just inside the box to signal a chorus of boos and, for the first time in any significance, anti-Sheridan calls of “You don’t know what you’re doing.”
Having had plenty of ball in the box throughout the game, Chesterfield had rarely looked like converting possession into points as their appalling record continued.
With hoards of supporters exiting the ground, the gap to fifth bottom was now at seven points, a massive gap for a team that’s just forgotten how to win.