Jordan Rhodes grabbed his 34th goal of the season as Huddersfield Town kept up their League One promotion bid with victory over struggling Chesterfield.

The hosts started brightly but Lee Novak's hooked right-foot finish from outside the area put Town ahead.

And Rhodes smashed in Jack Hunt's cross to make it 2-0 at the break.

Gary Roberts also hit the bar and although Chesterfield pushed Huddersfield back in the second half, the visitors were really threatened.

The win sees the Terriers move to within three points of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday, while the bottom-of-the-table Spireites are now six points adrift of safety.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought we started really well and when they get their (opening) goal, I'm really gutted.

"It's just basic things that are costing us. It's just us miskicking the ball. I keep telling them, I don't know how many times I've said it.

"It gives the opposition belief that they can get in the game."

Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We've won tonight and we have nine big ones coming up and still a lot of games to be played, lot of points to be won and lost by other teams, and were certainly in the mix come the end of the season.

"We put in a real good team performance with some outstanding individual performances.

"If we win on Saturday we also close the gap of a few other teams as well."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 Trotman
  • 05 Thompson
  • 18 Hurst
  • 28 Smith
  • 07 Allott (Ajose - 72' )
  • 30 Moussa
  • 09 Westcarr
  • 16 Mendy
  • 21 Bowery
  • 25 Talbot

Substitutes

  • 13 Fleming
  • 06 Ford
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 11 Ajose
  • 14 Lester

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 05 P Clarke
  • 08 Kay
  • 12 T Clarke
  • 15 Morrison
  • 32 Hunt
  • 04 Gudjonsson (Arismendi - 78' )
  • 07 Roberts
  • 11 Ward
  • 17 Rhodes (Cadamarteri - 88' )
  • 21 Novak (Lee - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 16 Arfield
  • 20 Arismendi
  • 09 Cadamarteri
  • 19 Lee
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 6,916

Match Stats

Shots

14 15

On target

4 8

Corners

1 7

Fouls

4 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:31

Nathan Smith challenges Jack Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Ward takes the free kick.

87:24 Substitution

Substitution (Huddersfield) makes a substitution, with Danny Cadamarteri coming on for Jordan Rhodes.

83:23

The ball is swung over by Craig Westcarr, Close range headed effort by Drew Talbot clears the crossbar.

80:42

Nick Ajose takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

80:11

The ball is crossed by Craig Westcarr, Sean Morrison makes a clearance.

78:51

Foul by Noel Alexandre Mendy on Jack Hunt, free kick awarded. Daniel Ward crosses the ball, Headed effort from close range by Sean Morrison goes wide left of the target.

76:28 Substitution

Substitution Diego Arismendi is brought on as a substitute for Joey Gudjonsson.

76:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Morrison on Jordan Bowery. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Westcarr.

75:30

Unfair challenge on Drew Talbot by Gary Roberts results in a free kick. James Hurst takes the indirect free kick.

74:41

A cross is delivered by Nick Ajose, clearance by Sean Morrison.

73:55

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Ward from the left by-line, Tommy Lee makes a save.

73:08

Gary Roberts sends in a cross, Jordan Rhodes has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

71:26 Substitution

Substitution (Chesterfield) makes a substitution, with Nick Ajose coming on for Mark Allott.

70:16

Craig Westcarr sends in a cross, Peter Clarke manages to make a clearance.

69:16 Substitution

Substitution Alan Lee comes on in place of Lee Novak.

68:49

Effort on goal by Daniel Ward from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

68:32

Drew Talbot sends in a cross, clearance by Peter Clarke.

66:39

The offside flag is raised against Craig Westcarr. Alex Smithies takes the free kick.

65:16

Foul by Jack Hunt on Nathan Smith, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Westcarr, clearance by Joey Gudjonsson.

65:02

The ball is delivered by Nathan Smith, Joey Gudjonsson makes a clearance.

64:26

Lee Novak is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

63:24

James Hurst delivers the ball. Noel Alexandre Mendy crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Craig Westcarr from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

63:17

A cross is delivered by James Hurst, clearance made by Tom Clarke.

61:12

Antony Kay concedes a free kick for a foul on James Hurst. Free kick crossed by Craig Westcarr.

60:07

Franck Moussa takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the goal.

59:16

Lee Novak takes a shot. Tommy Lee makes a save.

58:32

Tom Clarke fouled by Craig Westcarr, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

55:53

James Hurst delivers the ball, clearance by Sean Morrison.

55:17

Unfair challenge on Noel Alexandre Mendy by Antony Kay results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

54:52

The ball is crossed by Gary Roberts, save by Tommy Lee.

53:28

The ball is swung over by Gary Roberts, save made by Tommy Lee. Corner taken by Daniel Ward, clearance made by Drew Talbot.

53:16

The ball is delivered by Antony Kay, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

53:08

Gary Roberts crosses the ball.

52:01

The ball is swung over by Noel Alexandre Mendy, Sean Morrison makes a clearance.

50:47

Joey Gudjonsson takes a shot. Nathan Smith gets a block in. Daniel Ward takes the inswinging corner, Peter Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Lee. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

50:09

Craig Westcarr challenges Jack Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

49:30

Noel Alexandre Mendy delivers the ball, Jordan Bowery has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

48:28

James Hurst sends in a cross, Peter Clarke makes a clearance.

46:58

Nathan Smith crosses the ball, Drew Talbot has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

46:46

The ball is delivered by Noel Alexandre Mendy, clearance by Peter Clarke.

46:02

Centre by Drew Talbot, clearance by Sean Morrison.

45:33

Joey Gudjonsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Allott. Free kick taken by Nathan Smith.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:16

Gary Roberts produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

43:06

Lee Novak delivers the ball, Gary Roberts takes a shot. Daniel Ward takes the inswinging corner, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

41:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jordan Bowery. Alex Smithies takes the indirect free kick.

41:06

Noel Alexandre Mendy crosses the ball, Tom Clarke makes a clearance.

40:55

Lee Novak takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Thompson.

40:12

Jordan Rhodes has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

39:38

Joey Gudjonsson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

38:26

Centre by Noel Alexandre Mendy, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Craig Westcarr goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

35:48

Mark Allott fouled by Joey Gudjonsson, the ref awards a free kick. Tommy Lee takes the indirect free kick.

32:14

Craig Westcarr has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

31:02

The offside flag is raised against Craig Westcarr. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

30:33

Gary Roberts produces a cross, save by Tommy Lee.

29:36

The ball is swung over by James Hurst, clearance by Jack Hunt.

29:07

The ball is sent over by Franck Moussa, Joey Gudjonsson manages to make a clearance.

26:38

Jack Hunt provided the assist for the goal.

26:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Rhodes - Chesterfld 0 - 2 Huddersfld Jordan Rhodes scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chesterfield 0-2 Huddersfield.

26:21

A cross is delivered by Jack Hunt,

25:47

Lee Novak takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

25:15

James Hurst delivers the ball, Noel Alexandre Mendy takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

24:36

Antony Kay takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

23:52

Lee Novak is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Josh Thompson.

22:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Novak - Chesterfld 0 - 1 Huddersfld Lee Novak gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Chesterfield 0-1 Huddersfield.

22:06

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Josh Thompson gets a block in.

20:52

Noel Alexandre Mendy takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies. Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Westcarr, Header on goal by Neal Trotman from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

19:25

Antony Kay takes the inswinging corner, Tommy Lee makes a save.

18:48

Jordan Bowery takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a save.

18:04

Jack Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Westcarr. Indirect free kick taken by Nathan Smith.

15:17

A cross is delivered by Antony Kay, clearance made by Jordan Bowery. Antony Kay takes a corner.

14:49

Antony Kay takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Neal Trotman.

13:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Hunt on Noel Alexandre Mendy. Free kick taken by Nathan Smith.

12:38

Craig Westcarr is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

11:29

Drew Talbot crosses the ball, clearance by Peter Clarke.

10:43

Drew Talbot has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

9:26

Craig Westcarr crosses the ball.

7:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Novak. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

5:04

Daniel Ward crosses the ball, Nathan Smith gets a block in.

4:23

A cross is delivered by Craig Westcarr.

4:10

A cross is delivered by Noel Alexandre Mendy, clearance by Peter Clarke.

2:11

Antony Kay challenges Mark Allott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Franck Moussa.

1:11

Noel Alexandre Mendy sends in a cross, save made by Alex Smithies.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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