Spireites Match Report: Chesterfield 2 AFC Wimbledon 0

Jack Lester, on target for Spireites
Jack Lester, on target for Spireites

CHESTERFIELD gained a home win with goals from a mixture of the old and the new...French flair and that old Jack magic.

AFC Wimbldeon were making their first-ever visit to Chesterfield precariously positioned at the foot of the table.

Neal Ardley took over in the hot seat two weeks before Paul Cook joined Spireites and he’s been attempting to shore up their colander-like defence since then as well as injecting more experience into their squad.

The Dons beat Chesterfield 1-0 on the opening day of the season on a red-hot day that Spireites dominated but fell to a sucker punch from Jack Midson.

Paul Cook stuck with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation with Sam Hird lining up alongside Sam Togwell in the key holding midfield positions. The draw at Rochdale last weekend meant Spireites have won just once in their last six outings, a statistic that needs to improve rapidly if the club are to keep in touch with the play-off zone.

Richards’ hamstring then came into play as he was withdrawn, Lester came on with only a quarter of the game played. Lester took a tumble in the box but Mr Williamson wasn’t moved to award a penalty.

At the start of the second half Spireites brought on Gnanduillet for Randall, the team switching to 4-4-2, whilst Midson was replaced by Ajala for the visitors.

Chesterfield broke the deadlock on 59 minutes. Smith and Whitaker combined beautifully on the left, Whitaker squared perfectly for GNANDUILLET to sidefoot his first goal in England from 10 yards.

Spireites all but wrapped it up on 83 minutes when Togwell chipped a ball forwards for Gnanduillet to run on to.

Faced by Bennett, he played the ball right to LESTER who angled the ball home in some style.

Luke Moore then managed AFC’s first shot on target, Lee gathered to his left.