It was a busy day and successful day on and off the pitch for Chesterfield today.
The Spireites beat Aston Villa tonight in a friendly.
The Premier League side have had some difficulties recently, but a win over Premier League oppositionis not to be sniffed at, even in a friendly.
Earlier, chief executive Chris Turner confirmed a bid from Leeds United for Liam Cooper has been turned down.
Leeds made a six-figure offer for Cooper which failed to meet the club’s asking price.
Turner said: “We have turned down an initial bid which was below our valuation of Liam and we now await a response from Leeds.
“I’m not surprised that there has been interest in Liam because he is a quality player. Paul Cook has assembled a squad of players who are capable of playing in League 1 and above and it would be a surprise if none of them attracted interest from other clubs.”
Chesterfield got off to a good start, tonight.
Midfielder Tendayi Darikwa got into the away penalty area and his shot zipped into the bottom corner from a tight angle.
It could easily have been two on 18 minutes when Guzan gave a sharp header from Armand Gnaduillet.
Villa then had the ball in the net through Callum Robinson but he was adjudged offside.
That was followed by Graham Burke who smashed a right-footer against the home bar.
Yet three minutes from half time, a cracking one-handed save from Guzan was required to tip Gnaduillet’s header over.
Spireites crowned a spectacular first half with a second goal.
Hird fired home a Roberts corner, possibly with the aid of a deflection.
A firm talking-to at half time signalled a quick second half reply from Villa.
Substitute Grealish netted from N’Zogbia’s cross.
But the plucky Spireites smash-and-grabbed another, on 84 minutes: Sam Morsy firing home on the breakaway after a Villa breakdown.
It was his third goal in two games.
Quite a day!
Spireites: (4-2-3-1) Lee; Darikwa, Evatt (c), Hird, Jones; Ryan, Morsy, Boco, Roberts, Humphreys; Gnanduillet.
Subs: Wright, Raglan, O’Shea, Gardner, Doyle, Daly, Morrison, Dawes, Broadhead, Onovwigun, Clark.
Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Herd, Donacien, Bennett, Gardner, Johnson, Carruthers, Burke, Tonev, Robins.
Subs: Given, Bacuna, Okore, El Ahmadi, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Stevens.