CHESTERFIELD will be delighted they don’t have to play Paul Peschisolido’s Burton Albion again this season.
The Brewers became the first away side to win a league game at the B2net when they triumphed 2-1 back in November. Then two weeks later, at the Pirelli Stadium, they ended Chesterfield’s interest in the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory.
On Friday they completed the hat-trick over John Sheridan’s men, Aaron Webster’s fifth-minute goal being enough to end Chesterfield’s 10-match unbeaten run.
Webster curled a left-footer in from the edge of the box after being fed by Jacques Maghoma, who’d capitalised on a mistake by left-back Scott Griffiths, who was unable to clear when the ball came to him.
Calvin Zola headed against the bar in a game that saw Burton hustle the league leaders from first whistle to last, denying them any time on the ball and preventing any quality feed to strikers Deane Smalley and Craig Davies.
Ex-Blade Peschisolido was delighted with his charges: “It was a great performance,” he said.
“When you score early and have to hang on to the top-of-the-table team who have plenty of firepower, you have to show some character and we certainly had that in abundance.
“We should have had them dead and buried. Their keeper made some great saves and on another day, with a bit of luck, maybe we could have won by a little bit more, but I don’t really care, it was a pleasing result.”
Opposite number Sheridan was less than overjoyed: “We just keep giving the ball away very cheaply when we’re in comfortable possession,” he said. “People are making the wrong decisions and it’s costing us at the moment.
“We had a great following again and we’d have got a real lift if we’d had a positive result with the other teams playing on Saturday. They had the best chances in the game, Tommy Lee made one or two saves but we’re giving him too much work to do at the moment.”
The manager bemoaned his side’s decision-making in the build up to the goal: “There was an opportunity for one of my players to put the ball in behind their full-back, get them on the back foot, but instead he played a sideways ball five yards and that ends up costing us the goal.
“We try and make the game as simple as possible. Good players make it as simple as possible, but we’re making it very hard at the moment.”
Davies, without a goal since New Year’s Day, toiled against his home-town team. Sheridan said: “He’s going through a bad time at the moment; he’s frustrated himself. He’s not scoring after he was scoring plenty of goals but he wasn’t on his own against Burton - there were a few performances below par.
“Players at this level have to play all the time to 95% of their maximum. Good players can play at 70% but unfortunately players at this level can’t because they won’t get away with it - they have to play to their maximum.”
Saturday was far from damaging for the Spireites. Only Shrewsbury from the top seven won whilst next opponents Bury, whose manager, Alan Knill, was at the Pirelli, lost to struggling Stockport County.