The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stephen Thirkill To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

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.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

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