Monday 1st April 2013At The Proact Stadium
Chesterfield v Port Vale
Attendance: 6,669 including 2,040 visiting supporters
CHESTERFIELD: Tommy Lee, Richard Brindley, Conor Townsend, Liam Cooper, Neal Trotman, Tendayi Darikwa, Sam Togwell, Mark Randall, Jay O'Shea, Marc Richards, Drew Talbot.
SUBS: Josh Barrington, Sam Hird, Jack Lester, Alex Henshall, Craig Clay, Danny Whitaker, Armand Gnanduillet
PORT VALE: Chris Neal, Adam Yates, Rob Taylor, Anthony Griffith, Darren Purse, Doug Loft, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Tom Pope, Calvin Andrew, Liam Chilvers, Daniel Jones.
SUBS: Sam Johnson, John McCombe, Chris Shuker, Sam Morsy, Ben Williamson, Richard Duffy, Chris Birchall
Vale made three changes to the starting eleven with the return of skipper Doug Loft who slipped into the midfield spot vacated by the injured Louis Dodds (ankle).
One of the other two changes were enforced, with Calvin Andrew coming in for the injured Lee Hughes (hamstring) whil John McCombe dropped to the bench with Darren Purse returning in central defence.
Vale looked just a little edgy in the opening couple of minutes but managed to control things deep inside their own half.
GOAL:Chris Neal easily held a shot from Jay O’Shea and Vale went straight up the other end to win a corner. Jennison Myrie-Williams sent in the flag kick from the left and DARREN PURSE rose highest to plant a firm header into the net with just over four minutes on the clock.
Marc Richard went down inside the Vale box after he and Daniel Jones clashed, but the referee turned down Richards’ appeal for a 12th minute penalty.
GOAL:RICHARDS had the last laugh just seconds later, however, when his twenty yards free kick took a wicked deflection off the Vale wall to catch Neal flat footed and the ball flew into the top corner.
GOAL:Four minutes later RICHARDS was at it again, but there was no luck about it this time as he beat Neal from the tightest of angles to put the Spireites in front.
Vale were struggling to make their mark in the Chesterfield half of the pitch, with move after move breaking down inside the final third.
Vale made a tactical change ten minutes before half time with Chris Birchall coming off the bench and Rob Taylor was the man who made way for the Trinidad international.
The move seemed to put a bit of a spark into Vale’s play and prevent the home side from attacking quite so much.
Vale had penalty appeals waved away when Jennison Myrie-Williams went to ground inside the box early on in the second half, but in truth it would have been a bit harsh on the home side had the penalty been given.
Vale were putting the home side under pressure early on in the second half and a goal from the visitors was looking inevitable.
Calvin Andrew was a little unfortunate not to level the scores when he latched on to a flick on from Tom Pope, but his attempted lob took the slightest of deflections to take the ball over the crossbar and Vale had to settle for a corner.
Vale made a double substitution in the 65th minute. On came Ben Williamson and Chris Shuker, replacing Anthony Griffith and Calvin Andrew.
Stretching to get his toe to the ball, Doug Loft touched the ball over the bar and on top of the net after Williamson had knocked down a right wing cross from Adam Yates.
Spireites’ ‘keeper Tommy Lee did exceptionally well to keep his side in front when he reacted sharply to touch over a fierce drive from Loft from just outside the box.
In the 77th minute Vale had appeals for a penalty turned down for a second time when Tendayi Darikwa looked to have handled the ball inside the area, but again the referee waved play on.
GOAL:In the 85th minute Vale were finally back on level terms when Chris Shuker chipped the ball into the box and TOM POPE netted his 31st goal of the season from close range.