Chesterfield comfortably swept aside struggling Crawley Town to move up to fifth in the League 1 table on Tuesday 27th January 2015.
After a tight opening, Eoin Doyle brought the game to life with a neat finish that put the home side ahead.
A beautiful curling strike from Jay O’Shea put distant between the Spireites and their bottom-placed opposition, before Doyle’s 24th goal of the season just moments later wrapped up the 3-0 win.
Despite two consecutive defeats, Chesterfield were in high spirits knowing that these had come against tough opposition in Swindon Town and Derby County and that they had performed well in both contests.
There was a great chance to get things back on track on this winter evening as 24th placed Crawley Town made their first ever visit to the Proact. The Red Devils last victory had been more than three months ago and the club were propping up the League 1 table – five points from safety.
For the home side there was added pressure. Three points this evening would move them up to 5th in the League 1 table, their highest position of the campaign so far.
The opening 30 minutes were tightly contested with the Spireites struggling to break down the regimented Crawley defence.
Both sides put the ball in the net in the early part of the match, but both Doyle and Izale McLeod saw their efforts ruled out by the officials.
Despite most of the action being controlled by the home team, the Red Devils did create some good opportunities of their own – Jimmy Smith finding the crossbar with a powerful header.
But with 34 minutes gone, the favourites were in front. It was top scorer Doyle who broke the deadlock, charging goalwards before finding the corner with a neat finish into the near corner that fooled the helpless goalkeeper Lewis Price.
Crawley managed to keep the deficit down to just one by the break. However, two goals in three minutes for the home side early in the second period put the victory virtually beyond doubt.
A quality strike from O’Shea just six minutes into the half doubled the advantage. And just moments later a terrible defensive error from Darren Ward left Doyle with the simplest of finishes to make it 3-0.
The 51 Crawley fans who made the long journey were given little to shout about, but former Spireite Dean Morgan almost gave them a consolation with his first touch of the game – Tommy Lee’s foot keeping the ball out.
The result was in little doubt at this stage and the home side kept charging forward looking to add to their lead.
Doyle looked certain to score yet another hat-trick but somehow managed to fire wide of the target when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
There was also a nice moment with 10 minutes to go as Drew Talbot returned to the pitch after a lengthy absence. As he prepared to enter the game as a late substitute, the fans sang his name, clearly delighted to have one of the club’s loyal servants back.
The referee’s full time whistle confirmed Chesterfield second consecutive 3-0 home victory and saw them move up to 5th place in the table. It’s an exciting time to be a Spireite.
Chesterfield 3-0 Crawley Town
Doyle ’34, ’53, O’Shea ’51
Lee, Darikwa (Talbot ’80), Hird, Raglan, Jones, O’Shea (Gardner ’84), Morsy (Humprheys ’62), Ryan, Clucas, Gnanduillet, Doyle
Price, Oyebanjo, Ward, Walsh, Dickson, Smith (Morgan ’66), Elliott (Bawling ’66), Young, Wordsworth, Edwards, McLeod (Harrold ’75)