Alexander left fum­ing as he is shown red

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley

GRA­HAM ALEXANDER launched a bit­ter attack on ref­eree Pa­trick Miller af­ter be­ing sent to the stands in his side’s com­pre­hen­sive de­feat.

The Fleet­wood boss was dis­missed for sar­cas­ti­cally clap­ping the of­fi­cial mid­way through the sec­ond half with the ten-man Cod Army al­ready three goals down.

Cal­lum Lav­ery, Sam Hird and Sam Morsy piled on the agony with the Spireite goals whilst Fleet­wood mid­fielder An­toni Sarce­vic talked him­self into two yel­low cards within a few sec­onds.

An un­re­pen­tant Alexander, un­happy with a to­tal of seven yel­lows shown to his play­ers, said: “I’m go­ing to check whether any of the Ch­ester­field play­ers were badly in­jured and speak with my ‘an­i­mals’ in the dress­ing room.”

Asked why he clapped the ref­eree; he said:“Be­cause he was hav­ing such a good game. I didn’t know sar­casm was il­le­gal. If we’re go­ing to re­duce the game to 22 ro­bots with no pas­sion, the game is go­ing to die.

“Sup­port­ers have been short-changed here be­cause we weren’t al­lowed to com­pete.”

It was dif­fi­cult to feel sym­pa­thy for Alexander or his play­ers. Sarce­vic even con­tin­ued his dis­sent by rush­ing to­wards the ref­eree af­ter be­ing shown a sec­ond yel­low and most of the cards were awarded for clear but not danger­ous fouls. Also, it takes away at­ten- tion from a fine Ch­ester­field dis­play.

From the mo­ment a de­light­ful move in­volv­ing Ten­dayi Darikwa and sub­sti­tute Gboly Ariy­ibi opened the way for Lav­ery to clip crisply into the cor­ner of the net in the 31st minute, the one-way pat­tern was set.

Alexander fumed about de­ci­sions given prior to both the first two goals – but his de­fence did lit­tle to deal with a Gary Roberts free-kick.

Lav­ery’s header was well saved by Chris Maxwell be­fore Hird gob­bled up the re­bound.

The sec­ond half was a stroll on Ch­ester­field’s own park with Morsy’s calm fin­ish, af­ter more ex­cel­lent work from Ariy­ibi, the very least the Spire­ites de­served. Mean­while, Tommy Lee had noth­ing mean­ing­ful to save af­ter David Ball’s third-minute header.

Ch­ester­field as­sis­tant manager Leam Richard­son said:“Never mind the re­sult, we got a per­for­mance. We lost Eoin Doyle in Jan­uary, but now play­ers are com­ing back.

“We know what Lav­ery is all about. Sh­effield Wed­nes­day think highly of him and he’s been on our radar for some time. He is a proven goalscorer.

“We are sev­enth in League One which is huge for our club.We are re­al­is­tic and know we are punch­ing above our weight. I have a lot of re­spect for them.”



A Cheste


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