Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough was left to rue a mixture of refereeing errors, individual mistakes and individual brilliance from Chesterfield as the Spireites beat the Blades 3-2 at the Proact Stadium.
Jimmy Ryan shot the home side into the lead with a stunning strike and the lead was doubled by Gary Roberts just before half time.
However, before all that and with the match scoreless, Michael Higdon had a goal disallowed for offside and then on 17 minutes Jamie Murphy was upended on the edge of the box by Georg Margreitter as he raced for goal. However, the Austrian was only shown a yellow card, with Clough stating afterwards “it was a goalscoring opportunity...if it’s not, I’d like to see one that is.”
Minutes after Ryan had opened the scoring Higdon was then shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Daniel Jones.
After the break Eoin Doyle looked to have made the game safe with his 14th goal of the season but Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s appearance from the bench sparked a renewed United impetus and Marc McNulty and Neill Collins both scored late on.
For United, though it was too little, too late.
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