Chesterfield remain two points clear at the top of League Two following a 1-0 victory over bottom club Accrington.

Tendayi Darikwa scored the only goal two minutes into the second period, turning in the rebound after a shot from Marc Richards had hit the post.

Richards and Sam Hird were off target with first-half efforts for the Spireites, while Stanley's Michael Richardson fired wide before the break.

Chesterfield substitute Eoin Doyle struck the woodwork late on.

Although Accrington had their moments in the game, the hosts were in control for long spells and captain Drew Talbot saw his header cleared off the line as the hosts searched in vain for a second goal.

Stanley have taken just one point from their first six league games under James Beattie.

And although the former England striker has endured a difficult start to his managerial career, his two predecessors at the Store First Stadium - Paul Cook and Leam Richardson - have guided Chesterfield to five wins and a draw from their opening six matches.

That run means Chesterfield have recorded their best start to a season in 114 years.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Full respect to Accrington. A lot of teams will come here and try to do a job on us but we have to be patient.

"A win is a win. We are top of the league and you're there to be shot at. People say the easiest thing is to get there but the hardest thing is to stay there.

"We've got the players that can unlock teams."

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's obviously a disappointing result but I'm delighted with the performance.

"[Chesterfield manager] Paul Cook said to me coming off that they've not had a team this season that's caused them as many problems as we did today.

"We've come to Chesterfield and been expected to get beat, but we've played some good football and we've made the team at the top of the table change their formation to accommodate us because we were causing them problems."

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chesterfield 1-0 Accrington FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Darikwa 47

    Chesterfield

    • 01 Lee
    • 04 Hird
    • 06 Cooper
    • 15 Humphreys
    • 25 Talbot (Togwell 85)
    • 05 Morsy
    • 07 Darikwa
    • 10 O'Shea (Gnanduillet 58)
    • 11 Roberts
    • 12 Ryan
    • 09 Richards (Doyle 71)

    Substitutes

    • 20 Chapman,
    • 08 Togwell,
    • 23 Evatt,
    • 27 Edwards,
    • 16 Devitt,
    • 17 Doyle,
    • 21 Gnanduillet

    Accrington Stanley

    • 26 Bettinelli
    • 02 Murphy yellow card
    • 05 Aldred yellow card
    • 06 Winnard
    • 25 Atkinson
    • 04 Joyce
    • 08 Richardson
    • 11 Naismith
    • 12 Miller (McCartan 84)
    • 15 Mingoia (Mahoney 73)
    • 09 Webber (Hatfield 41)

    Substitutes

    • 30 Wilson,
    • 10 Hatfield,
    • 14 Clark,
    • 20 Windass,
    • 23 Mahoney,
    • 29 Jenkins,
    • 07 McCartan
    Ref: DeadmanAtt: 6,588
    CHESTERFIELD
    ACCRINGTON

    Possession

    • Chesterfield 59%
    • Accrington 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Chesterfield 6
    • Accrington 2

    Attempts off target

    • Chesterfield 10
    • Accrington 5

    Corners

    • Chesterfield 10
    • Accrington 1

    Fouls

    • Chesterfield 6
    • Accrington 4
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:15 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+1:40 Jimmy Ryan has an effort at goal.
    • 90:00+1:22 Eoin Doyle takes a shot and hits the bar.
    • 90:00+1:17 Ritchie Humphreys delivers the ball.
    • 90:00+0:08 Free kick taken by Luke Joyce.
    • 89:40 Luke Joyce fouled by Jimmy Ryan, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 89:00 Marcus Bettinelli restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:56 The referee blows for offside against Armand Gnanduillet.
    • 88:14 Header at goal by Armand Gnanduillet goes over the bar.
    • 88:04 Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line.
    • 87:34 Jimmy Ryan crosses the ball.
    • 86:28 Connor Mahoney has an effort at goal.
    • 86:05 Sam Hird makes a clearance.
    • 85:58 Luke Joyce restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:37 Tendayi Darikwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Shay McCartan.
    • 85:03 Marcus Bettinelli takes the free kick.
    • 84:39 Substitution Sam Togwell comes on in place of Drew Talbot.
    • 84:23 Eoin Doyle is caught offside.
    • 84:02 The ball is sent over by Shay McCartan.
    • 83:45 Substitution George Miller leaves the field to be replaced by Shay McCartan.
    • 83:21 The ball is delivered by Eoin Doyle.
    • 81:55 Free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.
    • 81:53 Eoin Doyle is caught offside.
    • 81:20 Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.
    • 81:10 The referee blows for offside.
    • 80:12 Shot by Will Hatfield cleared the bar.
    • 79:11 Ritchie Humphreys sends in a cross.
    • 78:57 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 77:35 Armand Gnanduillet takes a shot. Marcus Bettinelli safely holds on.
    • 77:11 Ritchie Humphreys manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:07 Centre by Tom Aldred.
    • 74:18 Gary Roberts crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 73:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by Dean Winnard.
    • 72:59 The ball is crossed by Connor Mahoney.
    • 72:17 Substitution Piero Mingoia goes off and Connor Mahoney comes on.
    • 71:45 A cross is delivered by Piero Mingoia.
    • 70:23 Substitution Marc Richards leaves the field to be replaced by Eoin Doyle.
    • 69:57 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 69:52 Corner taken by Gary Roberts.
    • 68:14 The ball is sent over by Luke Joyce.
    • 67:43 Tendayi Darikwa takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Marcus Bettinelli catches the ball.
    • 66:41 Luke Joyce sends in a cross.
    • 65:12 Jimmy Ryan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:59 Dean Winnard challenges Armand Gnanduillet unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 64:31 Marcus Bettinelli takes the free kick.
    • 63:57 Sam Hird takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
    • 63:46 Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Roberts.
    • 63:27 Gary Roberts takes a shot. A parry by Marcus Bettinelli prevents the goal.
    • 62:58 Clearance made by Tom Aldred.
    • 62:45 Chance falls to Drew Talbot who heads at goal.
    • 62:36 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Roberts.
    • 60:47 The ball is crossed by Gary Roberts.
    • 60:33 Clearance by Peter Murphy.
    • 59:01 Gary Roberts makes a clearance.
    • 58:29 Header by Armand Gnanduillet goes to the left of the goal.
    • 58:23 The ball is delivered by Ritchie Humphreys.
    • 57:44 Substitution Armand Gnanduillet replaces James O'Shea.
    • 57:22 Clearance by Luke Joyce.
    • 57:14 The ball is delivered by Tendayi Darikwa.
    • 54:09 Free kick crossed by Tom Aldred.
    • 53:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Gary Roberts.
    • 51:14 Centre by Sam Morsy.
    • 50:28 Shot by Sam Hird missed to the left of the target.
    • 50:20 Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Roberts.
    • 47:50 Michael Richardson takes a shot and cleared the bar.
    • 46:17 Marc Richards provided the assist for the goal.
    • 46:17 GOAL - Tendayi DarikwaChesterfield 1 - 0 Accrington Stanley Tendayi Darikwa scores with a right foot finish. Chesterfield 1-0 Accrington Stanley.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:13 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+2:51 Liam Cooper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+2:45 The offside flag is raised against Will Hatfield.
    • 45:00+2:01 Liam Cooper manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+1:55 The ball is crossed by Will Hatfield.
    • 45:00+1:22 Shot by James O'Shea went over the crossbar.
    • 45:00+0:04 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Roberts.
    • 44:50 A cross is delivered by Sam Hird.
    • 44:25 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 44:21 The ball is delivered by Drew Talbot.
    • 43:16 Michael Richardson takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
    • 42:01 Clearance by George Miller.
    • 41:53 The ball is crossed by James O'Shea.
    • 41:02 Clearance made by Marc Richards.
    • 40:59 Free kick taken by Luke Joyce.
    • 40:46 Substitution Will Hatfield is brought on as a substitute for Danny Webber.
    • 40:29 Liam Cooper concedes a free kick for a foul on Kal Naismith.
    • 38:32 Jimmy Ryan takes a shot and went wide right of the target.
    • 38:14 Luke Joyce takes a shot.
    • 37:36 Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.
    • 37:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Webber.
    • 36:46 Free kick taken by Peter Murphy.
    • 36:29 Foul by Tendayi Darikwa on Peter Murphy, free kick awarded.
    • 35:35 Marc Richards takes a shot and cleared the net.
    • 35:25 Ritchie Humphreys sends in a cross.
    • 35:14 Clearance made by Dean Winnard.
    • 35:11 The ball is swung over by Jimmy Ryan.
    • 35:02 Corner taken by James O'Shea from the left by-line.
    • 34:25 Clearance by Tom Aldred.
    • 33:43 Clearance made by Sam Hird.
    • 33:39 The ball is delivered by Michael Richardson.
    • 31:11 Michael Richardson makes a clearance.
    • 30:55 Corner taken by Gary Roberts.
    • 28:38 Liam Cooper makes a clearance.
    • 28:35 The ball is sent over by Peter Murphy.
    • 27:05 The ball is sent over by Gary Roberts.
    • 25:51 Marcus Bettinelli restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:12 James O'Shea crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 24:52 Tom Aldred receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 24:52 Booking
    • 24:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tendayi Darikwa by Tom Aldred.
    • 22:35 Shot by Sam Hird went wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 22:20 The ball is crossed by Jimmy Ryan.
    • 22:09 Clearance by Tom Aldred.
    • 22:04 Gary Roberts crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 21:26 Gary Roberts fouled by Peter Murphy, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 21:13 Dean Winnard manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:09 A cross is delivered by Gary Roberts.
    • 20:41 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 20:38 The ball is delivered by Tendayi Darikwa.
    • 20:12 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 20:08 The ball is sent over by Gary Roberts.
    • 17:29 Gary Roberts takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
    • 15:51 Clearance made by Kal Naismith.
    • 15:45 Drew Talbot sends in a cross.
    • 15:31 Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:24 The referee blows for offside against Danny Webber.
    • 14:58 Clearance by Rob Atkinson.
    • 14:54 The ball is swung over by James O'Shea.
    • 12:42 Peter Murphy receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 12:42 Booking
    • 11:51 The ball is delivered by Gary Roberts.
    • 11:01 Sam Hird makes a clearance.
    • 10:51 Free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.
    • 10:26 Foul by Tendayi Darikwa on Tom Aldred, free kick awarded.
    • 10:16 Clearance by Marcus Bettinelli.
    • 10:05 Centre by Tendayi Darikwa.
    • 9:34 Dean Winnard makes a clearance.
    • 9:30 The ball is sent over by Ritchie Humphreys.
    • 9:00 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 8:54 Corner from the right by-line taken by James O'Shea.
    • 8:34 Tendayi Darikwa delivers the ball.
    • 7:51 Danny Webber takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
    • 7:32 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 6:21 Liam Cooper makes a clearance.
    • 6:17 Corner taken by Piero Mingoia from the right by-line.
    • 5:47 Shot by Danny Webber.
    • 5:24 Rob Atkinson makes a clearance.
    • 5:17 Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the left by-line.
    • 4:59 Jimmy Ryan delivers the ball.
    • 3:31 The ball is sent over by Ritchie Humphreys.
    • 1:46 Free kick taken by Ritchie Humphreys.
    • 1:40 The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Webber.
    • 0:49 Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:28 The ball is delivered by Michael Richardson.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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