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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Chesterfield master class at St Mary’s Stadium


Southampton 0 Chesterfield 3

Chesterfield has emphatically lifted themselves out of the doldrums with a dominant 3-0 win against fellow strugglers Southampton. After a dismal run of results with 7 losses in their last 10 matches and four points in their last five, Chesterfield alleviated some of the pressure which saw them plummet down the Division Three table.

Spanish defender Mikel San Jose, Leon Britton and Miraleum Sulejmani were the goal scorers.  

Coming into matchday 32, the match pregame hype circled around a crucial relegation six pointer between two sides that had underachieved this season. Southampton were heavy favourites with talents such as Yoann Gourcuff, Manuel Fernandes and Nikica Jelavic while Chesterfield stated they would make it difficult for the Saints.

The Spireites made an enforced change with Mehmet Ekici returning to the starting line-up in place of the suspended Adam Lallana.

Both sides began cautiously until a long range shot from Dabo was miraculously saved by Spireites keeper Claudio Bravo. Chesterfield responded with two long shots of their own with both centre halves Mikel San Jose and Vladimir Granat testing the keeper however Saints keeper Demirel were equal to both attempts.    

Not to be outdone, Chilean keeper Bravo dove across his goal to make the save when Southampton’s Manuel Fernandes found himself in some shooting space. However the deadlock was broken by free shooting centre back Mikel San Jose when he was allowed too much time and space for a shot which was just out Demirel’s reach.

The Spireites continued their patch of dominance when Spanish striker Rodrigo chested down a high ball into the path of Leon Britton who sent his shot goalwards, only for the shot to miss the target. The siege on the Saints’ goal continued when Ekici provided a lovely through ball to Rodrigo which was dispatched but Demirel was able to parry the shot away.

But the pressure finally tolled when cheeky chip from Rodrigo was met by the onrushing Miraleum Sulejmani who nodded the ball past the keeper and doubling the Spireites lead.

Chesterfield killed off the game just after half time when Mehmet Ekici supplied a lovely dead ball cross which was met by the shortest man on the field, Leon Britton who buried the header kissing the post on its way in. The goal capped off a brilliant display by the English metronome who has been one of the few shining lights in a disappointing season.

Britton dictated the tempo of play from the base of midfield and dominated throughout with his precise passing 
and composure in front of the back three.   

The result alleviated some of the pressure which suggested that the Spireites were destined for relegation however the resilience and belief held by Chesterfield shone through in a season defining performance

Manager Glory Days was delighted with the result

“We gave our all today. I’m really proud of the boys for their response, the group is tightly knit and if we were honest with ourselves, we haven’t been playing well lately but today that all changed, I think our interchange of passes and general play was excellent. The job isn’t done yet, we still need to keep going and grab 45 points to secure safety”

With only six games left in the season, Chesterfield has put a significant nine point gap between 17th placed Dagenham and Redbridge and will be up against it when they play promotion chasing Brighton and Hove Al


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