MORSY IS NOW OFF THE MARK
CHESTERFIELD assistant manager Leam Richardson admitted he couldn’t ask for more from his players after watching them beat Bristol Rovers to stretch their lead at the top of League Two.
A first-half strike from Sam Morsy, his first for the club, followed by goals from former Hibs striker Eoin Doyle and Ollie Banks secured a routine win for the leaders to deepen Rovers’ relegation worries.
The Spireites got off to the perfect start after five minutes when Morsy slotted home from close range.
Rovers responded well to the setback and levelled when Lee Brown curled a sweet effort into the top corner of Tommy Lee’s goal on 36 minutes.
But the visitors, who are now just one point above the drop zone, lost their concentration and allowed Banks to drill home through Steve Mildenhall’s legs on 44 minutes.
And it was game over two minutes after half-time when Doyle bagged his sixth of the season.
Delighted Richardson said: “The players deserve all the credit for coming back from some bad results recently.
“We have asked a lot of the players and they delivered it.We keep putting the challenges in front of them and they have done what they have been asked to.
“It was tough conditions out there, but we put in a good performance and are on a good run now.
“Roberts was excellent, but there were some excellent performances from the team.We knew Bristol Rovers would come and give it a go, but we dug in and got our rewards.
“The spirit in the dressing room is excellent.We have stuck together well and hopefully we can take that into our next game.”
The result could have been so much worse for Rovers had it not been for the heroics of shot-stopper Mildenhall, who made excellent saves to deny Banks, Roberts and Jay O’Shea during a one-way second half.
And frustrated Rovers boss John Ward said his side had left themselves too much to do.
“We got level and then went behind again and gave ourselves too much to do,” Ward said.
“We had a bad start to both halves and that is very frustrating. Half-time and what was said felt like a waste for us.
“We were always chasing that game, and that is very hard to do against a very good team. We were probably chasing the game for 85 of the 90 minutes.
“Our defending has been good all season but here it was not good enough and that is something that we need to work on
“The one thing I will praise the lads on is that we did not buckle, that is a good trait to have. We fought hard to keep it competitive and we need to take that into our next game
and move on from this.”
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