What a Chesterfield league debut for Matty Brown: a goal and a red card as the side won at home to Plymouth.
Chesterfield had the advantage of the wind at their backs first half and showed their attacking menace early on when Hird broke forward from midfield, but his shot was easy for McCormick in the Plymouth goal.
The visitors had a sight of goal soon after when a well- worked move gave Gurrieri the chance to shoot from the edge of the area. The winger snatched at the ball and his effort went well wide of Lee’s right hand post.
Spireites enjoyed a sequence of corners during the opening exchanges. Humphreys’ delivery was met by Gnanduillet but the striker’s header bobbled tamely wide of the post.
The hosts would be more successful with their next when Humphreys’ conrer into a crowded penalty area was met by BROWN, who headed the ball down in to the turf and in to the net for a debut goal.
Plymouth looked for a quick response and almost got one when Alessandra latched on to a quick free kick. He took on Humphreys and flashed a shot narrowly wide of Lee’s right hand post.
The wind was causing both sides problems but the visitors couldn’t take advantage of a defensive mix-up in the home side’s penalty area, which eventually saw Humphreys clear the danger.
Gnanduillet’s physical presence tormented Plymouth. Twice he robbed Blizzard in the centre of the park.
Hourihane shot wide of the mark from a promising position on the edge of the area shortly before Boco wasted a glorious chance to level matters when he was perfectly placed to took in Reid’s cross, which he blazed over the bar from six yards.
Referee Andy Haines turned down Chesterfield’s claims for a penalty when Gnanduillet’s effort appeared to strike the arm of a Plymouth defender who charged down his shot.
The Ivorian left the field after a tussle which saw him go down clutching his left shoulder. McFadzean replaced him.
Spireites were awarded a penalty just before the break by the linesman after Richards and Togwell ewent to ground under hefty challenges. RICHARDS dusted himself down, kept his nerve and slotted the ball in to the bottom corner to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Lee was called in to action when Alessandra hit a first time volley from inside the area just before the break.
O’Shea replaced Richards, who sustained a foot injury, at the break, and came close to adding to the Spireites’ tally early in the second half when he curled an effort towards the top corner, which McCormick acrobatically tipped over his own bar.
Doyle nipped away from Nelson down the right and sent over a dangerous cross which Trotman turned behind at full stretch. O’Shea’s resulting corner caught up in the wind and when the ball fell for Hird his shot was blocked.
Lee scooped up a weak effort at close range from Reid, who had done well to get anything on Blanchard’s right wing cross.
Brown’s afternoon went from good to bad when he was dispossessed 25 yards from goal by Lavery and then hauled him down in full flight.
He was shown a straight red, which seemed harsh with blue shirts still to beat.
A penalty was given but Lee was on hand to preserve Spireites’ two-goal lead with a superb save, diving low to his right from Reid’s spot kick.
Chesterfield would therefore play the last 25 minutes with 10 men.
Hird slotted in alongside Evatt.
Plymouth piled on the pressure as Houihane swept a shot over Lee’s bar.
Gurrieri was presented with a chance he couldn’t take, after his control let him down, when he was free at the back post with just Lee to beat.
And there was just no beating Lee, who was at full stretch to deny Lavery’s free header from eight yards.
Plymouth saw a lot of the ball but struggled to break down the Spireites defence, which were buoyed by an inspired performance from Lee.