League One
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Chesterfield 1-0 Coventry City

Dan Gardner's second goal of the season was enough to send Coventry back to the foot of the table
Dan Gardner's second goal of the season was enough to send Coventry back to the foot of the table

Managerless Chesterfield came out on top in the League One relegation battle with Coventry City at the Proact Stadium, thanks to Dan Gardner's late second-half winner

Gardner settled a poor contest in the 77th minute but Chesterfield had to survive 11 minutes of added time following an injury to their centre-back Tom Anderson.

And George Thomas missed a great chance to equalise when he fired over at the back post in stoppage time.

Chesterfield caretaker boss Ritchie Humphreys was in charge for the first time following the last weekend's sacking of Danny Wilson and Chris Morgan.

Spireites midfielder Jay O'Shea sent in a 30th-minute free-kick which Ian Evatt headed just over the bar before Ched Evans was too high three minutes later from a corner before Coventry went close when a low shot from Kevin Foley was flicked just wide by Stuart Beavon.

Sam Hird headed another O'Shea free-kick straight at Lee Burge in the 42nd minute and Marcus Tudgay had the ball in the Chesterfield net in the 56th minute but had strayed offside.

There was then a lengthy delay while Chesterfield defender Anderson was treated for a head injury before being stretchered off and Coventry had a great chance in the 72nd minute when George Thomas fired wide after a swift counter-attack.

But it proved as a costly miss five minutes later when Gardner's 25-yard shot flew into Burge's top left corner to plunge City back to the foot of the table.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 12Fulton
  • 15O'Neil
  • 23AndersonSubstituted forAriyibiat 68'minutes
  • 6Evatt
  • 19Donohue
  • 4Hird
  • 7Gardner
  • 18Nolan
  • 26O'Shea
  • 20Dennis
  • 9EvansBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 8Martínez
  • 10Ebanks-Blake
  • 11Mitchell
  • 21Allinson
  • 22Simons
  • 27Maguire
  • 28Ariyibi

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 21FoleySubstituted forKelly-Evansat 83'minutes
  • 2Willis
  • 7Clarke
  • 24HaynesBooked at 90mins
  • 27Thomas
  • 6Rose
  • 12ReillySubstituted forStevensonat 74'minutes
  • 11Reid
  • 16BeavonBooked at 90mins
  • 20Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 4Turnbull
  • 8Lameiras
  • 13Gadzhev
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 28Kelly-Evans
  • 30Kelly-Evans
  • 31Stevenson
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
5,896

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 1, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 1, Coventry City 0.

Attempt saved. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Lee Burge.

Ched Evans (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Coventry City).

Booking

Stuart Beavon (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Coventry City).

Foul by Ched Evans (Chesterfield).

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Haynes (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Liam O'Neil.

Attempt missed. Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield).

Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City).

Booking

Ched Evans (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Dion Kelly-Evans replaces Kevin Foley because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dion Donohue (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dion Donohue (Chesterfield).

Stuart Beavon (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Stuart Beavon (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 1, Coventry City 0. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jay O'Shea.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ben Stevenson replaces Callum Reilly.

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd27175551302156
2Scunthorpe27167453262755
3Bolton26155635191650
4Bradford271112433221145
5Rochdale2614394132945
6Fleetwood26127739291043
7Southend2711973934542
8Millwall2611694139239
9Bristol Rovers27116104647-139
10Peterborough2510873931838
11Charlton2681263326736
12Wimbledon269983833536
13Oxford Utd2697103030034
14Walsall2681083034-434
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2786133643-730
17Gillingham2686123241-930
18Swindon2778122740-1329
19MK Dons2577112934-528
20Bury2774164153-1225
21Shrewsbury2767142640-1425
22Chesterfield2774162845-1725
23Oldham25410111327-1422
24Coventry2649132338-1521
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