At least the run of three straight defeats came to an end. Additionally, Spireites doubled their clean sheet tally for the season, but little else will be talked about after Paul Cook’s side maintained their record of never having beaten Yeovil Town in a home league match.
Chesterfield’s manager gave his usual truthful, pragmatic summary of the game and the circumstances that have seen his side fail to win in six, though through that spell maintain a top half spot.
He said: “We were on the back of three defeats and why people don’t like managers sometimes is they don’t like the truth because normally the truth will hurt; at times in the game we looked very nervous, we didn’t look like we had that fluidity in our play but defensively I thought we were very good.
“We wanted to press a higher line to condense the space and we did that well. But we were looking for that bit of quality and unfortunately we just didn’t have it.”
Cook added: “You can feel it in the crowd, the supporters have gone from being right behind us to being a little bit restless and that’s football and I understand it but let’s not forget, Yeovil were playing in the Championship last season.
“We’re travelling forwards and we’re trying to do our best and sometimes, whether you like it or not, for some people it’s never enough and as manager I accept that and have no problem with it.
“I see it as a step forwards, as a League One club, we always look at what other clubs are doing, but that shouldn’t concern you, it’s about your club and the progression of your club.
“We’re certainly overloaded in some areas and under-loaded in other areas.
“I don’t have to tell people that, they know it, and my job is to change that balance, unfortunately you can’t change it overnight. It’s quite apparent where we need a couple of changes.”
That overloading is certainly in the midfield department, particularly the attacking element of the engine room, where Spireites were without hamstring victim Gary Roberts who, when he’s not started, the side has yet to experience a win this term.
However that section toiled in this match, failing to ignite the blue touch paper to let off the fireworks that had the crowds gasping in amazement just a few short weeks ago. There were few tricks and no treats in this encounter.
With Ian Evatt suspended, 21 year old Charlie Raglan made his home debut and the former FC United of Manchester man looked decent, well marshaled by Austrian Georg Margreitter alongside, who seemed to relish the additional responsibilities of being the senior defender.
The Wolves loanee played his best 90 minutes in blue, albeit against the section’s lowest scoring attack, but the new pair’s solidity made that statistic rarely look like being altered.
Ollie Banks was also drafted in to start, Jimmy Ryan being on the bench for only the second time in his Spireites career, whilst Eoin Doyle wouldn’t have been starting if the balance amongst departments highlighted by Cook was more even; The Irishman had missed training all week with flu but reported for the game on Saturday, albeit somewhat under the weather.
Tommy Lee had to make a decent close range block to deny Kieffer Moore in the first half whilst ex Doncaster keeper Jed Steer palmed away a Doyle shot before the interval.
When Moore limped off soon after his header it meant that, until James Hayter came on for the final 16 minutes, the Hatters had five loanees on the park, three of them debuting, and no-one with more than one goal to their name this season.
One of those debutants, Jordan Clarke, looked to have clearly handled the ball in the box, but the officials waved play on to deny Spireites a potential key moment.
After the break, Chesterfield started with a little more purpose but no more inspiration.
They notched up a series of corners but rarely troubled Steer, indeed only a 90th minute right sided corner, delivered low by Daniel Johnson, caused any notable palpitations. The ball clipped a defender and a combination of keeper and woodwork kept the ball out from Johnson’s last moment of note at the end of his three month loan spell from Aston Villa.
Having been handed the October Player of the Month Award pre-match, he left the field to huge plaudits at the end and indicated he’d love to be back in January. Only problem is, that would be back into the over-balanced area of the park.
Cook and co will now be looking to a trip to Braintree Town in the FA Cup next Sunday to reinvigorate the season.
Chesterfield: Lee 6, Darikwa 7, Raglan 7, Margreitter 7, Jones 7, Morsy 7, Gobern 6 (Ryan 80), Gardner 6(O’Shea 59), Banks 5 (Johnson 59), Clucas 6, Doyle 5. Subs (not used): Hunt, Humphreys, Boco, Ariyibi.
Yeovil: Steer 7, Edwards 7, Dawson 6, Berrett 7, Foley 7, Moore 5 (Hiwula 35, 6), Grant 5 (Hayter 74), Clarke 6, Davis5 , Nugent 6, Arthurworrey 7. Subs (not used): Weale, Moloney, Leitch-Smith, Hoskins, Twumasi.
Ref: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)
Booked: Darikwa, Lee (Chesterfield)
Attendance: 6462 (188 from Yeovil)