REPORT: Another defeat Mad Dog’s men further down the table

Chesterfield’s winless streak in the National League deservedly stretched to 10 games at home to Maidenhead United.

After another poor performance from the Spireites, goals from Herson Alves and Ryan Upward allowed the Magpies to cruise to victory.

The visitors opened the scoring in the seventh minute after James Akintunde blitzed through the Chesterfield midfield to give the ball to Alves, who sent it home into the back of the net.

A chance for the Spireites to respond came mid-way through the first half when Tom Denton's head found the end of a Charlie Carter free-kick, but the Magpies managed to clear the ball.

Just before the break, Maidenhead 'keeper Carl Pentney managed to stop Curtis Weston's strike from going goal-bound and seconds later produced another fantastic save to stop Carter from levelling.

In the last minute of additional time, Robbie Weir failed to win a tackle on the halfway line, giving United space to advance into which left Alves who, one-on-one with Schwan Jalal, placed the ball into the net and bagged his second goal of the night.

Well into the second half, Weston rifled a shot just above the bar from outside the 18-yard-box, nearly getting one back for Martin Allen's men.

In the 67th minute a Maidenhead centre-back gifted the Spireites a penalty for a foul on Denton, and Marc-Antoine Fortune stepped up to strike into the bottom right-hand corner.

Just three minutes later, Jalal comically fumbled the ball to allow Upward to fire the ball into the back of the net.

In the closing stages of the game, Carter found the ball from Laurence Maguire, but slipped it past the post leaving the game to finish 3-1 to the visitors.

Post-Match Verdict: Worrying times ahead as Spireites look to be facing a third consecutive relegation battle

A slightly better performance than the one on Saturday against Gateshead, but simply not good enough.

Chesterfield sit just above the drop zone on goal difference. Without a win in ten games now, an increased amount of pressure has been put on Martin Allen who believes some players just haven’t been good enough, but insists he will turn it around.

Some may say it's too early to say a team is in a relegation battle, but based on current form and current performance, it sure looks to be on the cards.

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