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Chesterfield 2, Southend United 1 - LIVE
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Leam Richardson, Chesterfield's assistant manager: "There were a few aspects of our performance which weren’t great but the result certainly was.
"I thought there would be around six minutes because there were two goals, six subs and Southend also slowed the game down at times and the officials were aware of that.
"Southend are a good team, they’re organised and good at what they do.
"They will be a tough team in league two this year and they will get wins for sure at this level so this is a very good win for us."
Phil Brown: “I’m bitterly disappointed for the players because their effort and work-rate was fantastic and I thought the best team lost.
“We nullified their strengths after about 20 minutes but ended up conceding from two set pieces which is frustrating.
“I don’t know where the six minutes of stoppage time came from and you could hear that the crowd thought the same. The referee certainly played his part but we still should’ve defended for that long.
“In our dressing room you would think we’ve lost a cup final and they’re wondering how we’ve lost.
“But the way Chesterfield’s bench and players reacted you would think they had won the championship and that tells me an awful lot.
“We will learn from this, but it’s not a nice feeling.
“It’s our first defeat and it’s all about how we react now. We competed well against the favourites for promotion and at times we outplayed them which we can take plenty from.”
Match report online here
Chesterfield 2, Blues 1
Chesterfield's goal came when a right wing corner found Armand Gnanduillet unmarked in front of goal and he powered in a header from six yards.
Chesterfield 2, Blues 1
Samy Morsy has 20 yard tipped wide of the right post by Daniel Bentley.
Ball falls to Luke Prosser after half cleared Ben Coker corner but it's deflected wide of the right post.
Six minutes of added on time to be played.
Attendance: 5, 579 with 369 from Southend
Blues make their third change with Michael Timlin coming on for Freddy Eastwood.
Blues also make a change with Don Cowan replacing Barry Corr in attack.
Chesterfield make their third change with Armand Gnanduillet coming on for Jay O'Shea.
Freddy Eastwood has now scored three goals in three games for Blues.
Chesterfield sub Tendayi Darikwa is booked for dissent.
Gary Roberts almost puts Chesterfield back in front but his 20 yard free-kick is saved low down to his right by Daniel Bentley after Luke Prosser had made a brainless foul on Roberts.
Anthony Straker goes down inside the penalty area but no spot kick is given by the referee.
Daniel Bentley's long kick was headed down by Barry Corr in to the path of Kevan Hurst. He knocked it in to the path of Freddy Eastwood whose well struck, left footed shot was parried in to the bottom left hand corner of the net by Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee
Chesterfield 1, Blues 1. Freddy Eastwood on target.
Second change for Chesterfield as Eoin Doyle comes on for Marc Richards
Kevan Hurst now on the right wing against his home-town club with Will Atkinson in the middle.
Manic few minutes here. Chesterfield's goal came when Gary Roberts curled a 30 yard free-kick high in to the left hand side of the goal.
Blues make their first change of the game with Kevan Hurst coming on for Conor Clifford.
Chesterfield 1, Blues 0. Gary Roberts
Poor challenge from Conor Clifford. He follows John White in to the book.
Chesterfield make their first change of the game with Tendayi Darikwa coming on for Ritchie Humphreys.
John White booked for kicking the ball away.
Nathan Smith booked for a foul on Will Atkinson
Second half underway
Chesterfield 0, Blues 0.
One minute of added on time to be played.
Barry Corr drifts to the back post for the resulting Ben Coker corner but can only head over from a promising position.
Superb run by Anthony Straker down the left hand side. Tees up Connor Clifford and his well struck shot is diverted over for a corner by a defender.
Drew Talbot sends a 25 yard shot straight at Daniel Bentley.
Blues are winning on corners 4-1!
Phil Brown the most vocal he's been on the touch-line since taking charge of the club.
WOW, what a save from Daniel Bentley as he brilliantly tips a curling 25 yard shot from Jay O'Shea over the crossbar. Seemed certain to go in that.
John White grimacing and seems to have a problem with a groin, certainly something to keep an eye on. That's the injury I mean, not his groin.
Not your normal League Two game this, both teams playing some really good stuff.
Blues reply with Barry Corr sending a half volley from 30 yards well wide of the right post.
Chesterfield again attack down the left hand side and Humphreys' cross is volleyed over by Gary Roberts.
Chesterfield attack down the left hand side and Ritchie Humphreys heads Nathan Smith's cross over the bar.
Conor Clifford has started well and appears to be on set piece duty for Blues today.
Blues hit back with John White sending a low, left footed shot from 20 yards straight at Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee.
Chesterfield threaten as Marc Richards gets away from Adam Thompson down the left flank and goes past Daniel Bentley who rushes out to the right hand side of the penalty area. However, Richards can only send a tame shot wide of the left post.
Chesterfield lining up in a 4-3-2-1 formation with Marc Richards in attack.
The game is underway
It's a clear and quite sunny day here at the Proact Stadium. Hearing that matches back in Essex are being called off because of waterlogged pitches. Thankfully there are no problems here and I'm very pleased about that as I forgot my jacket. Schoolboy error!
Chesterfield: Lee, Talbot, Smith, Cooper, Hird, Ryan, Morsy, O'Shea, Humphreys, Roberts, Richards.
Chesterfield subs: Chapman, Edwards, Darikwa, Gnanduillet, Doyle, Togwell & Devitt
Blues make one change to their team for today's game at the Proact Stadium as Conor Clifford comes in for the injured Marc Laird in midfield. Mark Phillips again misses out with a groin injury, meaning Adam Thompson and Luke Prosser will line up at the heart of the back four. Youth team defender Josh Banton is on the bench.
Blues: Bentley, White, Thompson, Prosser, Coker, Atkinson, Clifford, Leonard, Straker, Corr, Eastwood.
Subs: Smith, Timlin, Reid, Hurst, Cowan, Payne & Banton
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