REPORT: Spireites outclassed by Premier League neighbours

Sheffield United showed their difference in class from start to finish, beating Chesterfield 5-0, as the new season is approaching quickly.

Chris Wilder’s side dominated the majority of the first half. Their first real opportunity came in the opening minutes when Callum Robbinson’s effort flew wide of goal.

The young Irish international had another chance to put the Blades ahead in the twenty ninth minute, but Spireites keeper Luke Coddington palmed the ball out for a corner.

To little surprise it was United who took the lead, skipper Billy Sharp was on the end of a Luke Freeman cross from the left to head it home, putting his side 1-0 up.

Sharp nearly found the net again a few minutes later, but Coddington pulled off an impressive save to keep the damage at a minimum going into the second half.

Sheridan made four changes at half time, bringing on Shwan Jalal, Joe Rowley, Curtis Weston and Jonathan Smith who replaced Coddington, Robbie Weir, Scott Boden and Anthony Gerrard.

Sheffield United managed to double their lead four minutes after break, when Robinson slotted the ball past into the back of the net, bagging his first goal for the Blades. He nearly got another a few minutes later but a fantastic double save from Jalal denied him of it.

However, it was Sharp who got United’s third. A great ball from Freeman allowed the skipper to dink Jalal and leave the substitute with no chance.

Sharp completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute. Enda Steven’s cross to the back post allowed the striker to get his head to it and fire it home.

Sheridan’s side nearly scored a conciliation goal when the his son, Jay, fired a low shot from range, which deflected wide of the goal.

Damage limitation was needed for the Spireites but they couldn’t stop Freeman in the last minute, who fired the ball into the empty net.

Attendance: 6,270 (3,365 away)

Chesterfield: Coddington (Jalal 45), Buchanan ( Sheridan 72), Evans (Wedgebury 71), Maguire (Mckay 61), Manderville (Sharman 72), Gerrard (Weston 45), Boden (Rowley 45), Hollis, Yarney, Weir (Smith 45), Spyrou (Wakefield 60).

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