Chesterfield came from behind to win again at MK Dons.
Gary Roberts equalised on 65 minues after a Lewis Baker cracker, scored from a corner earned after Jimmy Ryan was robbed by Ben Reeves and then Caolan Lavery turned in a diverted cross in the 90th minute to give Spireites the three points, ten minutes after home skipper Dean Lewington picked up his second yellow card.
Ahead of the game, Spireites saw Mark Duffy return to Birmingham City after a month’s loan, whilst Armand Gnanduillet, to Oxford United and Dan Gardner, to Tranmere Rovers, moved temporarily out of the Proact Stadium.
Dan Jones was out with an ankle problem. He picked up an injury early in the 3-0 weekend confidence boosting win over Fleetwood Town and was replaced by Gboly Ariyibi who went on to provide two assists, but the USA Under 20 International initially remained on the bench, with ex-MK Dons midfielder Jay O’Shea coming in as the only change.
Dons, twice 1-0 losers here against Chesterfield in the FA Cup Second Round and in the ordered re-staged match, featured teenage loanees George Williams (Fulham) and Chelsea’s Lewis Baker whilst key men, midfielder Dele Alli and keeper David Martin, both missed out through injury.
A cagey start to the game saw stray passes and minor errors a-plenty from both sides before O’Shea worked some magic to feed Gary Roberts who left-footed an angled effort onto the upright. Moments later Roberts crossed for O’Shea to head just over from six yards.
Sloppiness contributed to Baker’s goal. Ryan took his eye off the ball and was robbed by the impressive Reeves who burst into the box and earned a corner. The short routine was initially repelled but from the second phase former Owls man Baker, making his first Dons start on loan from Chelsea, hammered a 20 yarder off the underside of the bar with the hosts’ first effort of the game on 28 minutes.
Caolan Lavery had an effort blocked by Dons’ two central defenders after they’d cut any form of communications with their keeper.
Tommy Lee had to make the game’s first save of note from Reeves after Sam Hird had erred whilst, just before the break, Ollie Banks hit the side netting from a long range free-kick.
Before the interval, Sam Morsy picked up his 10th booking of the season to earn a suspension.
The scrappy nature of the play continued after the break and Roberts took advantage of poor defending to sneak into the box and left foot home.
Morsy and Ian Evatt had chances to have won it before Lewington was red carded for two fouls on Ariyibu but Lavery had the last word, poaching perfectly to win it.