League Two
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Chesterfield 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Sam Morsy

Sam Morsy scored his first goal for Chesterfield to set up victory against Bristol Rovers and move them three points clear at the top of League Two.

Morsy met Eoin Doyle's cut-back to put the hosts ahead with a first-time shot.

Lee Brown levelled with a curling finish before Ollie Banks turned in Gary Roberts' low cross.

The second half started with Roberts catching Tom Parkes in possession and finding Doyle to make it 3-1, with Jay O'Shea hitting the bar late on.

Rovers' second loss this week sees them slip to 21st in the table, just one point above Torquay in the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We didn't look like we had the belief to win the game. That was evident from the beginning.

"We've been punished by a good team who are top of the league.

"It's disappointing as we've usually raised our game against top teams and we weren't able to do that.

"You can take being beaten if you go down fighting. Some players did, some didn't."

Line-ups

Chesterfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lee
  • 7Darikwa
  • 15Humphreys
  • 5Morsy
  • 23Evatt
  • 6Cooper
  • 26GardnerSubstituted forO'Sheaat 81'minutes
  • 12Ryan
  • 17DoyleSubstituted forGnanduilletat 73'minutes
  • 2BanksSubstituted forRichardsat 73'minutes
  • 11Roberts

Substitutes

  • 3Smith
  • 4Hird
  • 9Richards
  • 10O'Shea
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 25Talbot
  • 35Dunbavin

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 19Beardsley
  • 30Lockyer
  • 9HarroldSubstituted forClarksonat 76'minutes
  • 24O Clarke
  • 39MohamedSubstituted forHarrisonat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Clarkson
  • 15Norburn
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 33Santos
  • 34Keary
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
6,048

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

  4. Post update

    Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

  12. Post update

    Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Jay O'Shea replaces Dan Gardner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.