League One
Chesterfield1Walsall0

Chesterfield 1-0 Walsall

Sam Hird
Sam Hird scored for only the second time this season

Sam Hird's late header kept Chesterfield in the play-off picture and left Walsall in the scrap for League One survival.

The home team had the first chance through Ollie Banks's header, before Walsall's Jordan Cook shot wide from 20 yards.

The Saddlers twice hit the woodwork after the interval but Hird settled a scrappy contest four minutes from time.

Jimmy Ryan's corner found Hird unmarked and he headed inside O'Donnell's post.

Chesterfield sit ninth in the League One table, two points off the play-off places, while Walsall are now just three points above the relegation zone.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Cook on Chesterfield v Walsall

"Football's a tough world. It wasn't a good game and it was a tough game for supporters to watch.

"Walsall probably deserved a draw for their organisation and their work ethic, but sometimes you don't get what you deserve. We were victims of that last weekend at Peterborough.

"My players might disappoint in certain aspects, but they don't disappoint in honesty and effort, and that was there in abundance today."

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 2Darikwa
  • 23Evatt
  • 4Hird
  • 25Talbot
  • 24BanksSubstituted forAriyibiat 62'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 10O'SheaSubstituted forHarrisonat 69'minutes
  • 8RyanBooked at 52mins
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forDieseruvweat 70'minutes
  • 12Clucas

Substitutes

  • 6Carter
  • 15Humphreys
  • 16Raglan
  • 18Harrison
  • 26Dieseruvwe
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 32Flatt

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Mantom
  • 27FordeSubstituted forCainat 62'minutes
  • 11BaxendaleSubstituted forBenningat 61'minutes
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forFlanaganat 81'minutes
  • 30Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 21Cook

Substitutes

  • 6Downing
  • 12Cain
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Grimes
  • 29Murphy
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
6,358

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 1, Walsall 0.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Jordan Cook.

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

Reece Flanagan (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 1, Walsall 0. Sam Hird (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jimmy Ryan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Byron Harrison (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Reece Flanagan replaces Adam Chambers.

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Byron Harrison (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Foul by Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield).

Jordan Cook (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Gary Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Byron Harrison replaces Jay O'Shea.

James Chambers (Walsall) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sam Hird.

Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Drew Talbot (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Oliver Banks because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Cain replaces Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Malvind Benning replaces James Baxendale.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James Baxendale.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Sam Hird (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Sam Mantom.

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City39259575344184
2Preston372110663323173
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons38209976403669
5Sheff Utd3917101256451161
6Rochdale381751665511456
7Barnsley39168155352156
8Peterborough39175174647-156
9Chesterfield38159145549654
10Bradford371412114842654
11Doncaster381411134848053
12Fleetwood381410143943-452
13Oldham391410154958-952
14Gillingham391312145457-351
15Port Vale39146194856-848
16Walsall381113143642-646
17Coventry391113154454-1046
18Crewe39136203769-3245
19Scunthorpe381111165062-1244
20Notts County381110173952-1343
21Crawley391110184466-2243
22Leyton Orient38119185054-442
23Colchester38108204663-1738
24Yeovil3989222960-3133
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