Time for Spire­ites boss to go shop­ping

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Sellers

DANNY Wil­son says he can­not wait to add to his squad in the loan win­dow af­ter watch­ing a tooth­less Ch­ester­field slip to a third straight de­feat by a sin­gle goal.

The Spire­ites have scored just once in their last three out­ings and lost their last four – that fol­lows ten goals in backto-back wins to kick off 2016.

The lat­est loss, at the hands of League One lead­ers Bur­ton on Fri­day night, came cour­tesy of a Calum Butcher strike in first-half in­jury time.

And while Wil­son had his com­plaints at the goal, strug­gling to threaten at the other end was the more grave con­cern – with shop­ping in the emer­gency loan win­dow, which re­opened this week, high on the agenda.

“The last two or three games have been ex­actly the same so it is a trend that we have got to buck and it’s im­por­tant that we try to bring some play­ers in,” said Wil­son.

“We are too thin on the ground and one or two of the play­ers are not per­form­ing.

“The goal we sur­ren­dered was so poor, it’s un­be­liev­able, but we haven’t laid a fin­ger on them on the other side of it. Their keeper has had a fairly quiet game, yet we have to­tally bossed the se­cond half.

“When you come here to the league lead­ers and we’re down the bot­tom of the league, like last week against Peter­bor­ough there was noth­ing in the game be­tween the two teams at all, we should come away with some­thing.”

While Ch­ester­field have be­come ac­cus­tomed to sin­gle-goal de­feats, Bur­ton are used to win­ning by the odd goal – this was their tenth of the cam­paign.

The de­ci­sive strike ar­rived on the stroke of half-time, when Butcher was af­forded too much space in the Spire­ites’ box and calmly slot­ted home.

A lively Stu­art Beavon sought to dou­ble the lead, only to be de­nied by Tommy Lee, but the Brew­ers held on, while Ch­ester­field’s frus­tra­tions were com­pounded by a neck in­jury to de­fender Liam O’Neil af­ter just half an hour.

“De­ter­mi­na­tion, grit and re­solve got us through be­cause it wasn’t pretty at times,” said Bur­ton boss Nigel Clough.“It was a very work­man­like dis­play and the clean sheet is the most pleas­ing as­pect.

“We didn’t see the game out very well in the last few min­utes.We made some poor de­ci­sions on the ball and gave it away cheaply.We like to play the last few min­utes in the op­po­si­tion half if we can.”

And Clough re­served spe­cial praise for Beavon, adding:“He didn’t give the cen­tre halves a minute.You talk about de­fend­ing from the front and he is as good as any­body at it.”



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