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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Determined Spireites outfox Leicester to grab a point


Leicester City 1 Chesterfield 1

Determined Spireites outfox Leicester to grab a point

Chesterfield grabbed an unlikely point against Leicester City at King Power Stadium.  In a game where the Foxes dominated proceedings with 58% possession and 9 shots on target, the Spireites got an undeserved draw.
Coming into matchday three, Chesterfield were up against it with numerous omissions including Mikel San Jose and Denys Garmash out with short term injuries, Vladimir Granat returning back to match fitness and Mehmet Ekici who was serving a three game suspension.

Leicester City bossed the opening half hour and capped off their dominance with Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu playing past the defender to hit his shot past the keeper and into the back of the net.  The 19 year old Spanish starlet on loan from Northampton Town is tipped for big things and looks to be making the best possible impression on Foxes’ manager Gozzy Raikkonen.

Leicester looked to the have sealed the match when Argentine play maker Rodrigo Fernandez doubled their lead in the 73rd minute only for the goal to be denied by an offside flag.
Chesterfield capitalised on their good fortune by grabbing a crucial goal through a headed effort by Argentine central defender Marcos Rojo. The goal came against the run of play and the Spireites almost snatched it late with a long ball dispatched by Vladimir Granat which was latched onto by Alberto Paloschi, rolling his shot into goal only for it to be denied by German keeper Roman Weindefeller.      

For Chesterfield, the draw felt like a win after the Foxes dominated proceedings yet weren’t able to find the killer blow to knock out the resilient Spireites.

Manager Glory Days commented on their most recent performance

“We won’t make any excuses, we just weren’t very good on the night but we managed to get something from the game. Leicester had the game by the scruff of the neck but just didn’t have the killer blow. They have a quality squad there with Raikkonen but if you had offered me a point, away from home I would have taken it.  

We don’t have a magic formula to make things better instantly, it’s a work in progress and the players know that but it is some comfort that we are still managed to get points despite not playing very well.”

Despite a reasonable start to the season for the Spireites with five points from nine, manager Glory Days has been disappointed with Chesterfield’s recent performances however captain Claudio Bravo finally came out of his slumber and made an impressive Man of the match performance between the posts which subsequently improved the Spireites defensive record which had conceded 6 goals in the opening two games. 

However perseverance paid off for young central midfielder Alfred Duncan who received his first start of the season after some positive performances from the bench. Recent signing Felix Kroos debut from the bench and in a good news story, Russian defender Vladimir Granat made a happy return back to first team action but looked a bit rusty after an 8 week metatarsal injury.  


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