Time for Spireites boss to go shopping
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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