Writer: Deano The Spireite
Date:Monday September 16 2013
Third placed AFC Wimbledon were the visitors at the Proact taking on the Spireites who were top of the League. An unchanged team and a very strong bench including McSheffrey who had just joined the Spireites the day before.
I was about to take my seat, when I heard someone saying: 'I have been coming here 30 years and this is the best ever Chesterfield side that's played here', I called him a liar and said, 'They have only played here since 2010'. He Laughed and chased me with his stick.
There is a real buzz about the place a real excitement that we are witnessing something special and the fact that we have signed someone like McSheffrey is fantastic.
The Spireites full of confidence started stroking the ball around with ease, Humphreys and Roberts linking up well on the left wing and were putting some quality balls into the box. Humphreys put in a lovely ball which found Richards, he stroked the ball home, but it was ruled offside.
Jimmy Ryan hit an half volley from distance, which was tipped round the post.
Smith who has already got four goals this season was looking dangerous and he managed to get a shot on goal which was saved by Tommy Lee.
Lee produced a brilliant double save to stop Smith from giving his team the lead, he got down well for the first one and then reacted quickly getting to his feet for second and managed to knock it out for a corner.
After half an hour O'Shea delivered a inch perfect cross for Roberts who calmly stroked the ball home to give Spireites a well earned lead.
With only 5 minutes left Smith had a fantastic opportunity to score from about 5 yards out, but somehow managed to put it over.
The Spireites needed another goal, despite their dominance the Wombles looked dangerous.
After some great work on the right wing by Talbot and Darikwa, the ball found Richards, he ended up in the net but the ball didn't, his header just going wide of the post.
O'Shea took a quick free-kick, passed to Roberts he delivered a dangerous cross that found Hird, he headed home, to score his first goal of the season.
The Spireites were starting to dominate the game, Roberts had a shot saved by their keeper and Darikwa was unlucky not to mark another brilliant performance with a goal, when his effort rebounded off the woodwork.
Hird was caught in possession, but Lee came to his rescue, although he did make up for it later, when he somehow managed to clear the ball off the line, what looked like a certain goal.
McSheffrey came on for Darikwa both players received a standing ovation. McSheffrey looks quality he linked up well with his team mates and found space easily, always making himself available.
A fantastic performance from the Spireites in what was an entertaining game, credit must go to AFC Wimbledon they came and played football and I can't remember a bad tackle or any of their players going down easily to earn a free-kick. They would have scored if it hadn't have been for my Man of the Match Tommy Lee who was superb.
Humphreys and Roberts deserve a mention because they put some quality balls into the box.
A difficult game up next for the Spireites when they travel to Oxford United who are 2nd in the table.
Date:Monday September 16 2013
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