Jay O’Shea struck twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory for Chesterfield at Burton Albion and kick off the promotion party for the Spireites.
Chesterfield’s superior goal difference compared to rivals Fleetwood, who could only manage a point against Southend yesterday, meant that a draw probably would have been enough to take Paul Cook’s side up automatically, but Doyle fired home a brace in the 52nd and 79th minutes to make sure.
And to put the icing on the cake, Spireites are now in pole position to go up as champions with league leaders Scunthorpe surprisingly losing to Exeter.
Cheered on by 2,000 travelling fans at the Pirelli Stadium, Chesterfield were the better team for the most part but it took until the second half for the breakthrough as substitute Ritchie Humphreys fed O’Shea who slipped the ball home.
And any nerves were extinguished a little over ten minutes from time when Burton failed to clear Eoin Doyle’s cross and O’Shea tapped home from close range.
Burton: Lyness; Edwards, Sharps, Holness, McFadzean; Palmer, Bell (c) (Knowles 71), Weir (Ismail 56), MacDonald; Alexander, Kee (Hemmings 56).
Subs (not used): Lainton, Slade, Gray, Symes.
Chesterfield: Lee; Darikwa, Evatt (c), Cooper (Humphreys 29), Smith; Hird, Ryan; Kearns (Gardner 20), O’Shea, Roberts; Doyle (Richards 86).
Subs (not used): Dunbavin, Talbot, Togwell, Gnanduillet.