Chesterfield were glory-hunting at Highbury tonight, battling with Fleetwood Town in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy mnorthern area final and with the words of manager Paul Cook ringing in their ears.
Cook pre-match told his players to fully grasp the opportunity and they certainly did that.
Chesterfield are looking for a speedy Wembley return having won the trophy two years ago. And they got off to a great start, going two up inside 24 minutes. Ian Evatt put Chesterfield ahead in the 21st minute and three minutes later Sam Morsy, on the scoresheet on Saturday, struck again to make it 2-0.
Evatt scored after Gary Roberts played in a free kick to the six yard box, and Morsy struck when the Fleetwood keeper’s punch led to him gaining possession on the edge of the area and he fired home.
Cook believes his side’s chances are 50-50 and he is expecting two close games against Fleetwood.
Just past the half hour mark it could be have been three for Spireites. Ritchie Humphreys played in Eoin Doyle who beat keeper Scott Davies only to see his effort end just wide.
Seven minutes from half-time Fleetwood have the ball in the net but the effort is ruled out for offside.But then, on 45 minutes, David Ball reduces the deficit by heading home from close range.
Eight minutes into the second half Chesterfield made a change with Drew Taqlbot on for Dan Gardner.
It was 3-1 to Spireites on 64 minutes with Jimmy Ryan striking a volley from 25 yards.
In the 77th minute Marc Richards came on for Doyle.
Chesterfield werre unchanged: Lee; Darikwa, Evatt, Cooper, Humphreys; Morsy, Ryan, Gardner, Banks, Roberts; Doyle
Subs: Hird, Richards, O’Shea, Talbot, Dunbavin.
Fleetwood: Davies; Murdoch, Roberts, Pond, Parkin, Brown, Goodall, McLaughlin, Sarcevic, Taylor, Ball
Subs: Evans, Schumacher, Hogan, Maxwell, Mandron.