Result: Yeovil 2 Chesterfield 3: O’Shea brace as Spireites stage brilliant comeback to win third match on trot and strengthen their play-off place.

Yeovil vs Chesterfield - Jay O'Shea gives chesterfield the lead with this acrobatic strike - Pic By James Williamson
Yeovil vs Chesterfield - Jay O'Shea gives chesterfield the lead with this acrobatic strike - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield staged a brilliant comeback to make it three league wins in a row for the first time this season. They trailed 2-0 despite dominating but blasted back through Sam Hird and a Jay O’Shea brace. They now enjopy a four-point buffer in the last of the top six places.

The fantastic midweek win at play-off rivals Bradford City was the fifth time this campaign that the Spireites have won back to back games but they’ve not yet managed a hat-trick of victories – so they’ll be fancying their chances against bottom of the table Yeovil Town who’ve lost their last four games and have won just one in ten. In their current quartet of defeats, Terry Skiverton’s men have scored just once to reinforce their position at the bottom of the table and the bottom of the scoring charts as well, with just 29 goals in 39 games, seven strikes less than anyone else.

Sam Hird powers home a header to pull one back for Chesterfield. Photo: James Williamson

Sam Hird powers home a header to pull one back for Chesterfield. Photo: James Williamson

No changes for Chesterfield but no keeper on the bench after Jon Flatt picked up an injury, Armand Gnanduillet is fit enough to be on the bench.

Yeovil are without ex Spireite Nathan Smith and they’ve brought keeper Artur Krysiak in for Scott Loach who returns to Rotherham next week.

Chesterfield made a lively start, Sam Clucas shooting over before the visitors forced corners in the sixth and seventh minutes.

A minute later Drew Talbot fired wide.

Chesterfield's  Byron Harrison is denied by the outstretched leg of Artur Krysiak. Photo: James Williamson.

Chesterfield's Byron Harrison is denied by the outstretched leg of Artur Krysiak. Photo: James Williamson.

But the hosts hit back and both Liam Shepherd and Jay Leitch-Smith went close.

And Yeovil took the lead in the 18th minute with a goal by former Doncaster striker James Hayter, Gozie Ugwu setting up his right-footer from the centre of the box.

Chesterfield were not discouraged and went close four times in as many minutes. Talbot headed over, Sam Morsy’s direct free kick was just wide, Byron Harrison had a close-range effort blocked and Ritchie Humphries’ long-range right footer was just wide in the 24th minute.

A series of corners proved fruitless at both ends before Hayter headed wide, but the Spireites were having most of the possession.

Chesterfield players head back to the centre circle after James Hayter puts Yeovil in the lead. Photo: James Williamson

Chesterfield players head back to the centre circle after James Hayter puts Yeovil in the lead. Photo: James Williamson

Half-time: Yeovil 1 Chesterfield 0

Hayter continued to be the main threat to the Spireites and was close with a left-footer which went just wide of the far post.

The game burst into life with oals in the 57th and 59th minute.

Shepherd set up the chance for Sam Foley to make it 2-0.

Jay O’Shea had a long-range shot saved at the other end before Chesterfield reduced the arrears through Sam Hird, who headed home a Gary Roberts cross.

O’Shea equalised with a cracking shot from outside the box and it took him just three minutes more to give the visitors the lead for the first time with a spectacular scissor kick.

It was all O’Shea, as a minute later he was shown the yellow card.

Clucas followed him into the book three minutes into added time before being replaced by Gnanduillet.

Yeovil: Krysiak, Hayter, Leitch-Smith, Foley, Twumasi, Ugwu, Arthurworrey, Webster, Sheehan, Shephard, Kingsley. Subs: Bell, Berrett, Moore, Ralph, Grant, Stewart, Eastmond.

Chesterfield: Lee; Darikwa, Hird, Evatt, Talbot; Morsy, Humphreys, Ryan; Roberts, Clucas; Harrison. Subs: Raglan, Jones, O’Shea, Banks, Ariyibi, Gnanduillet, Dieseruvwe.

Ref: James Linington (Newport, Isle of Wight).