Chesterfield 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers – League 2

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On Saturday 23rd November, I went to the Proact Stadium to watch Chesterfield play Wycombe Wanderers.

Wycombe Wanderers have an awful record at the Proact Stadium. In their first three visits to Chesterfield’s new home, they had been on the end of 3-1, 4-1 and 4-0 defeats. Now, as they became the only side to play a league game at the stadium in each of its first four seasons, the Chairboys were looking to bring this treacherous record to an end.

Chesterfield were on a good run of form, sitting second in the table and unbeaten in six games in all competitions – including victories in their last three. Wycombe had picked up just a single victory in their last six meanwhile, meaning the Spireites were slight favourites heading in to the game.

Neither manager made any changes from their previous games and the match got under way at three o’clock in front of a crowd of 5,798.  The first chance fell to Armand Gnanduillet. The big forward received the ball on the edge of the box and after bringing it down, he fired a half-volley in to the arms of Matt Ingham.

The Spireites started strongly and dominated the play. In the 32nd minute, they made the pressure count as Ollie Banks opened the scoring. Jay O’Shea’s cross found Banks, who powerfully headed home his fourth goal in three games.

Chesterfield were in full control and the lead was doubled on the stroke of half time. The goal came from another header, Gary Roberts’ corner finding Gnanduillet who bagged his fourth league goal of the campaign.

Wycombe started the second half well, Billy Knott forcing a good save from Tommy Lee. But the Spireites’ defence held strongly and preserved their two goal lead quite comfortably.

Both managers made changes around the hour mark. Sheffield United loanee Kyle McFadzean made his Chesterfield debut while Tendayi Darikwa also joined the action, replacing Banks and O’Shea. For Wycombe, former Spireite Dean Morgan came on in place of McClure.

The Chairboys desperately searched for a way back in to the contest as it headed towards its conclusion. Gary Doherty had their best chance with a free header, but he failed to take advantage and couldn’t find the target.

Chesterfield held out for the remainder of the match and the victory sees them move to 2nd place in the League 2 table, behind Oxford only on goal difference. Only three days until the next action at the Proact Stadium as bottom-placed Northampton Town visit in midweek.

Chesterfield 20 Wycombe Wanderers

Banks ’32, Gnanduillet ’45

Lee, Talbot, Humphreys, Hird, Evatt, Cooper, O’Shea (Darikwa ’62), Ryan, Gnanduillet (Doyle ’88), Banks (McFadzean ’88), Roberts

Ingram, McCoy, Wood, Scowen, Stewart, Doherty, Cowan-Hall (Kretzschmar ’84), Lewis, McClure (Morgan ’60), Craig, Knott (Bloomfield ’90)

 Attendance: 5,798

The Wycombe coach

The Wycombe coach

The visitors warm up

The visitors warm up

Former Spireite Dean Morgan

Former Spireite Dean Morgan

The players applaud their travelling supporters

The players applaud their travelling supporters

The visiting fans

The visiting fans

The Wycombe flag

The Wycombe flag

The teams line up on the field

The teams line up on the field

Pre-match handshakes

Pre-match handshakes

A minutes silence before kick off

A minutes silence before kick off

The Chesterfield players

The Chesterfield players

Wycombe team

Wycombe team

The Chesterfield dugout take part in the silence

The Chesterfield dugout take part in the silence

Wycombe huddle

Wycombe huddle

Kick off

Kick off

Ollie Banks

Ollie Banks

The Wycombe goalkeeper

The Wycombe goalkeeper

Gary Roberts is watched by Paul Cook

Gary Roberts is watched by Paul Cook

Ian Evatt slides in

Ian Evatt slides in

Floodlight shines

Floodlight shines

Gnanduillet looks to attack

Gnanduillet looks to attack

Sunset over the Proact

Sunset over the Proact

Ollie Banks opens the scoring

Ollie Banks opens the scoring

Gnanduillet doubles the lead

Gnanduillet doubles the lead

A panoramic shot of the stadium

A panoramic shot of the stadium

A player goes down injured

A player goes down injured

Gnanduillet is replaced by Eoin Doyle late on

Gnanduillet is replaced by Eoin Doyle late on

A fourth consecutive victory for Chesterfield

A fourth consecutive victory for Chesterfield

Final score

Final score

Full time

Full time

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