Two second-half goals handed Exeter an important win against League One strugglers Chesterfield.

The Spireites had the chance to take the lead when Jack Lester was brought down in the area by Richard Duffy, but Danny Whitaker's weak penalty was well saved by keeper Artur Krysiak.

Exeter immediately took charge and went ahead when Richard Logan headed in James Dunne's pinpoint pass.

Liam Sercombe's strike from just outside the area sealed the win.

The Grecians move four points clear of the drop zone, while Chesterfield have now gone 16 games without a win in the league and remain rock bottom of the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Obviously it's very disappointing and I thought it was quite an even game where both teams had opportunities in the first half.

"The penalty miss deflated us and then we lost two poor goals. When people miss penalties you have to be more disciplined, you have to dig in and try and get a 0-0.

"They got a free header for the first goal from a cross into the box and it shouldn't have happened really. We were all over the place for the second goal."

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"I can ask no more of the team. They did exactly as I asked.

"We were thoroughly committed and played some good football. It seemed like one of those days.

"It all hinged on that penalty. I think it would have been tough justice had we lost the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 Trotman
  • 03 Robertson
  • 12 Ridehalgh
  • 25 Talbot
  • 07 Allott Booked (Smith - 86' )
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 09 Westcarr (Niven - 32' )
  • 14 Lester
  • 16 Mendy (Boden - 86' )
  • 21 Bowery

Substitutes

  • 13 Fleming
  • 28 Smith
  • 08 Niven
  • 22 Juan
  • 19 Boden

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Tully
  • 05 Archibald-Henville Booked
  • 06 Duffy (Coles - 83' )
  • 11 Golbourne
  • 04 Dunne
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 08 Noble
  • 10 Nardiello (O'Flynn - 83' )
  • 20 Logan
  • 21 Bauza

Substitutes

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Jones
  • 18 Coles
  • 26 Bennett
  • 19 O'Flynn
Ref: Coote
Att: 5,856

Match Stats

Shots

11 13

On target

7 8

Corners

5 11

Fouls

6 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:10

Nathan Smith fouled by Guillem Bauza, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Ridehalgh takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:20

Effort on goal by Scott Boden from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +0:36

The referee gives a free kick against Richard Logan for handball. Free kick taken by Liam Ridehalgh.

88:09

Handball by Drew Talbot. Scott Golbourne takes the direct free kick.

88:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Richard Logan. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

87:38

Jack Lester is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

86:23

Scott Golbourne provided the assist for the goal.

86:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Sercombe - Chesterfld 0 - 2 Exeter Liam Sercombe gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chesterfield 0-2 Exeter.

85:04 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Smith on for Mark Allott.

85:04 Substitution

Substitution Scott Boden on for Noel Alexandre Mendy.

82:54 Substitution

Substitution John O'Flynn is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Nardiello.

82:54 Substitution

Substitution Richard Duffy leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Coles.

77:48

The assist for the goal came from James Dunne.

77:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Logan - Chesterfld 0 - 1 Exeter Richard Logan grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Chesterfield 0-1 Exeter.

77:36

Centre by James Dunne,

76:32

Centre by Noel Alexandre Mendy, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jordan Bowery misses to the left of the goal.

75:34

Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

75:34 Booking

Booking Troy Archibald-Henville is booked.

74:42

Noel Alexandre Mendy challenges Scott Golbourne unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Liam Sercombe from left wing. The referee gives a free kick against Troy Archibald-Henville for handball.

73:08 Penalty

Penalty taken by Danny Whitaker saved by Artur Krysiak. Chesterfield 0-0 Exeter.

71:47

Jack Lester fouled by Richard Duffy, the ref awards a Penalty.

71:21

Centre by Drew Talbot, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

66:52

Troy Archibald-Henville takes the direct free kick.

66:52 Booking

Booking Mark Allott goes into the referee's book.

66:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Sercombe by Mark Allott.

65:52

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridehalgh.

65:19

Centre by Drew Talbot, save by Artur Krysiak.

65:00

Mark Allott fouled by James Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Derek Niven.

63:45

Guillem Bauza takes a shot. Neal Trotman gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Liam Sercombe, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

63:26

The ball is sent over by Mark Allott, Artur Krysiak makes a save.

62:18

The ball is delivered by Steve Tully, Gregor Robertson manages to make a clearance. Liam Sercombe takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Richard Duffy takes a shot. Tommy Lee makes a save.

61:02

Noel Alexandre Mendy takes a shot. Artur Krysiak makes a save.

60:11

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Blocked by Gregor Robertson.

59:31

Shot from deep inside the area by Noel Alexandre Mendy goes over the bar.

57:32

Liam Sercombe takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jack Lester. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Sercombe played to the near post, Drew Talbot makes a clearance.

57:11

Centre by Scott Golbourne, clearance made by Neal Trotman.

55:58

Derek Niven has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

55:41

Noel Alexandre Mendy delivers the ball, Troy Archibald-Henville makes a clearance.

55:04

Noel Alexandre Mendy takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

54:10

Shot from just outside the area by Daniel Nardiello misses to the right of the target.

50:15

The ball is swung over by Scott Golbourne, Tommy Lee makes a save.

50:09

A cross is delivered by Steve Tully, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

46:27

The ball is crossed by Derek Niven.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack Lester. Artur Krysiak takes the indirect free kick.

45:00 +0:17

The ball is crossed by Noel Alexandre Mendy, save made by Artur Krysiak.

43:56

Jack Lester takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Tully. Danny Whitaker decides to take the corner short, Steve Tully manages to make a clearance. Danny Whitaker takes the outswinging corner, Richard Logan manages to make a clearance.

39:04

Artur Krysiak fouled by Drew Talbot, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

38:11

Danny Whitaker produces a cross, clearance by Scott Golbourne.

37:18

Effort from deep inside the area by Daniel Nardiello misses to the left of the goal.

35:42

Drew Talbot fouled by Liam Sercombe, the ref awards a free kick. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

34:36

Noel Alexandre Mendy crosses the ball, save made by Artur Krysiak.

33:38

Danny Whitaker takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

32:33

James Dunne fouled by Derek Niven, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Duffy takes the direct free kick.

31:09

Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

31:09 Substitution

Substitution Craig Westcarr goes off and Derek Niven comes on.

31:09

The referee blows for offside against Jack Lester.

30:29

Effort on goal by Richard Logan from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

29:57

Jack Lester takes a shot. Artur Krysiak makes a brilliant save.

29:35

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridehalgh, Richard Duffy makes a clearance.

29:27

The ball is crossed by Drew Talbot, Steve Tully manages to make a clearance.

28:37

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Sercombe played to the near post, Jack Lester makes a clearance.

26:30

Liam Ridehalgh takes a shot. David Noble gets a block in. Danny Whitaker takes the outswinging corner, Neal Trotman takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

24:55

Daniel Nardiello challenges Craig Westcarr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

21:40

Richard Logan takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee. Short corner worked by Liam Sercombe, Drew Talbot makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Sercombe, Troy Archibald-Henville takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.

20:14

Noel Alexandre Mendy sends in a cross, save by Artur Krysiak.

19:30

Guillem Bauza takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Sercombe from the left by-line, save by Tommy Lee.

18:27

The assistant referee signals for offside against Guillem Bauza. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

17:35

Inswinging corner taken by Liam Sercombe, save by Tommy Lee.

16:08

Liam Sercombe takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jack Lester manages to make a clearance.

15:43

James Dunne takes a shot. Neal Trotman gets a block in.

15:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Sercombe, Jack Lester makes a clearance.

13:39

Jack Lester is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Duffy.

12:04

Centre by Drew Talbot.

10:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Drew Talbot by Richard Logan. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

9:54

Unfair challenge on Troy Archibald-Henville by Jordan Bowery results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

8:33

Liam Ridehalgh sends in a cross, Artur Krysiak makes a save.

7:03

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Whitaker, clearance made by Troy Archibald-Henville. Craig Westcarr decides to take the corner short.

6:07

Liam Sercombe has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

4:46

Scott Golbourne delivers the ball.

1:56

Foul by Jack Lester on Richard Duffy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Richard Duffy.

0:12

The ball is sent over by Noel Alexandre Mendy, clearance made by Troy Archibald-Henville.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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