A kiss and three points: Shrewbury 1 Chesterfield 2

Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield - Sam Morsy celebrates towards the travelling fans with Lee Novak - Pic By James Williamson
Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield - Sam Morsy celebrates towards the travelling fans with Lee Novak - Pic By James Williamson
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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Morsy scored in the opening 15 minutes of the second half to give Spireites a comfortable lead at Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury Town but Mat Sadler grabbed a late 25 yarder to give the visitors some anxious moments.

Chesterfield handled the pressure to secure three valuable points.

Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield: Sylvan Ebanks-Blakes is mobbed by teammates Dan Gardner and Jay O'Shea - Pic By James Williamson

Shrewsbury Town vs Chesterfield: Sylvan Ebanks-Blakes is mobbed by teammates Dan Gardner and Jay O'Shea - Pic By James Williamson

Dean Saunders had given a debut to 29 year old Spaniard Angel; he came into the centre of midfield in place of Ollie Banks, the only change from the loss at Bramall Lane. The early passages were cagey with neither side looking to take any excessive risks.

Martin Woods shot well from distance and Tyrone Barnett almost hustled himself in from a short goal kick before, midway through the first half a Dan Jones cross from the left found Ebanks-Blake but his powerful header missed the target.

A Jones long throw was back headed by Ian Evatt and keeper Jayson Leutwiler had to gather. Jones was then booked for a foul on Ryan Woods. Dan Gardner crossed along the deck and the ball eluded Ebanks-Blake who turned well to get on to Evatt’s header from the game’s first corner, won by Drew Talbot, but he couldn’t get his effort on target.

Jones was again at the centre of the action, his cross was half cleared and Gardner drilled an angled shot just wide whilst Lee Novak carved out a great opening but hit high as Spireites approached half-time as the significantly stronger side, Shrewsbury looking solid but far from dynamic.

Angel’s first 45 minutes for the club showed plenty of promise. He anticipated well, delivered some neat passes and ran with the ball when appropriate.

Five minutes into the second half Spireites scored.

Novak received and was half-tackled and the ball ran to O’Shea; the Irishman spotted Ebanks-Blake to his right and delivered a short ball to his left foot. The striker struck the ball but undoubtedly under-hit it but as the ball rolled leisurely towards the far post, Leutwiler looked set to dive and save but he left his action too late and the ball nestled into the net for his second goal for the club.

Shrews immediately made a double change bringing on an extra striker in their quest to get back into the game but it was Gardner who came closest first as he conjured up some space ten yards out but his rising shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced clear after more O’Shea vision.

The close call was soon forgotten when Morsy fed Novak on the right and his short, low cross back into the danger area clipped a Shrewsbury ankle to fall kindly for Morsy to hammer home through a crowd from six yards.

Morsy and O’Shea both had long range crackerjacks go close as Spireites rarely looked likely to lose the initiative, though Shrews did deliver a few distance efforts of their own, one from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on 73 minutes being their first on target effort.

Sub Armand Gnanduillet hit the post before Sadler hit home from 20 yards to give the hosts some hope.