REPORT: Hats off to Stockport as Spireites slip up

Chesterfield slipped to their second defeat in 14 games under James Rowe as James Jennings and Alex Reid got the goals for the Hatters to secure the win.

Rowe opted for three changes to his starting eleven. Joel Taylor, Gavin Gunning and Marcus Dinanga replaced Alex Whittle, Liam Mandeville and Adi Yussuf.

The first half was quite dull with chances at a premium. Marcus Dinanga recorded the first shot of the game half an hour in.

Stockport dominated possession but only carved out one shot on target; Tom Walker’s free-kick from around 30 yards out which was pushed away by Grant Smith for a corner.

Chesterfield had the best chance of the half on the brink of half-time when Dinanga held the ball up for Akwasi Asante. The striker played the ball across goal for George Carline who couldn’t direct his effort on target.

County broke the deadlock right on the hour mark. John Rooney dinked an inch-perfect ball over the top to James Jennings who slotted past Smith to open the scoring. However the goal was amid controversy when Chesterfield strongly appealed for the throw-in decision which sparked the attack which led up to that goal.

James Rowe’s men looked to get back on level terms through Gavin Gunning’s free-kick which was sent in well but blocked by the Stockport backline. The ball fell to the feet of Evans but the skipper skewed wide.

The hosts doubled their lead six minutes later when the headed clearance of Joel Taylor fell to Alex Reid who volleyed home from close range.

Chesterfield (3-5-2): G. Smith; Evans, Hollis, Maguire; Carline, Gunning (M. Smith 77’), McCourt (Mandeville 68’), Weston, Taylor; Dinanga (Yussuf 77’), Asante.

Unused Substitutes: Whittle, Clark.

Stockport (4-4-2): Hinchliffe; Minihan, Palmer, Hogan, J. Jennings; Walker (Collar, 69'), Croasdale, Rooney (Keane, 73'), Gilmour; Dalby (Cardwell, 62'), Reid.

Unused Substitutes: Barnes, Newby.

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