MATCH REPORT: Chesterfield 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0

My ball: Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery holds off Wycombe's Leon Johnson.         Picture: tina jenner
My ball: Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery holds off Wycombe's Leon Johnson. Picture: tina jenner
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With relegation getting ever closer, Chesterfield put in one of their best displays of the season.

Playing with a changed formation, Wembley hero Craig Westcarr scored in the first half before efforts from Belgian Franck Moussa, Frenchman Alex Mendy and youngster Jordan Bowery gave Spireites their best win of the season. The victory keeps the slender safety thread in-tact for at least another five days.

John Sheridan made two changes to the side that lost at Walsall. James Hurst was absent and Nathan Smith on the bench whilst French duo Mendy and Jimmy Juan, who was playing just in front of the back four, started the game. Gary Waddock selected an unchanged side for Wycombe, who went in to the match unbeaten in seven games.

Chris Hackett forced an early save from Tommy Lee and Stuart Beavon shot wide from a Matt Bloomfield cross as the Chairboys started the game well. Lone striker Jordan Bowery was the first to threaten for the home side but he was unable to capitalise on the space he found.

Mendy underhit a shot that was saved after a decent Moussa delivery and the same player then headed over a Drew Talbot cross from a good position as the balance of the game remained delicate.

Westcarr then struck the opener, from just inches out, after ex Wanderers loanee Moussa’s corner was initially nodded down by Juan. Moments later only a superb tackle from teenager Antony Stewart, who in just his fourth professional game has plenty of scouts watching, denied him another goal. Stewart picked up an injury for his efforts and soon was subbed.

Scott Boden came on after the break and was immediately involved in Spireites’ second goal, hit from just inside the box by Moussa, his third for the club. The strike marked the first time since Bonfire Night that Chesterfield have scored more than one goal in a home league game.

And if that wasn’t enough, Mendy slipped beyond Marvin McCoy and cut in from the left to score a fine individual goal. Juan had a header from a corner blocked on the line and a shot charged down as Spireites sought to add to their tally.

Twenty-year-old Bowery banged in another fine goal, cutting inside before delivering an angled shot for his 10th of the season.

Moussa shot powerfully just wide as the lowest league crowd of the season enjoyed the show. It may be too little, too late, but nevertheless the performance gave hope for next season and plenty of enjoyment on a miserable Bank Holiday Monday.

Chesterfield (4-1-4-1): Lee 6, Talbot 7, Ford 7 (Smith 85), Thompson 6, Ridehalgh 6, Juan 7, Westcarr 6 (Boden 46, 6), Moussa 8, Randall 7, Mendy 7, Bowery 7. Subs (not used): Allott, Whitaker, Ajose.

Goals: Westcarr 29, Moussa 47, Mendy 52, Bowery 79

Wycombe (4-4-2): Bull 6, McCoy 5 (McClure 61, 6), Doherty 5, Stewart 6 (Johnson 42, 6), Basey 6, Lewis 5, Eastmond 6, Bloomfield 7, Hackett 6 (Ainsworth 59), Beavon 7, Strevens 6. Subs (not used): Laing, McNamee.

Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Bookings: Bowery (Chesterfield), Lewis (Wycombe)

Attendance: 5,087