Chesterfield kept their slim hopes of a play-off spot alive with a comfortable win over Bristol Rovers.

Jay O'Shea opened the scoring for the Spireites when he seized on a poor clearance and found the top corner.

The lead was doubled thanks to Armand Gnanduillet's low strike from close range after he found space in the area.

Eliot Richards had a shot diverted onto the post in the first half for Rovers and he was denied again by goalkeeper Tommy Lee late on.

Chesterfield are now nine points off the play-offs, with the Pirates eight above the drop zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"First 15 minutes apart I thought we were very compact, very strong and very good.

"We set a target, we wanted to win the three games this week to have a realistic chance of the play-offs {Chesterfield have won two and lost one of those games].

"Good players always turn up. They don't always play well but they always turn up and that's what makes good players.

"It's mathematically possibly to go up with nine games to go, why can't I believe? I believe every day."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Smith
  • 05 Trotman
  • 06 Hird
  • 17 Brindley
  • 31 Cooper
  • 33 Townsend (Whitaker - 86' )
  • 08 Togwell
  • 34 O'Shea
  • 14 Lester (Darwikwa - 73' )
  • 21 Gnanduillet (Richards - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Barrington
  • 12 Darwikwa
  • 07 Henshall
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 23 Randall
  • 09 Richards
  • 41 Clark

Bristol Rovers

  • 13 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 04 Woodards (Hitchcock - 54' )
  • 06 Parks
  • 14 Brown
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 15 Norburn
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 10 Richard
  • 16 Anyinsah (Broghammer - 46' )
  • 26 Brunt (Tounkara - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 11 Broghammer
  • 21 McDonald
  • 03 Paterson
  • 17 Harrison
  • 27 Hitchcock
  • 34 Tounkara
Ref: Russell
Att: 4,814

Match Stats

Shots

14 6

On target

10 2

Corners

8 4

Fouls

8 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliver Norburn by Danny Whitaker. Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:03 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

87:11

Unfair challenge on Liam Cooper by John-Joe O'Toole results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

85:54

James O'Shea takes a shot. Steve Mildenhall makes a comfortable save. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Whitaker.

84:46 Substitution

Substitution Danny Whitaker joins the action as a substitute, replacing Conor Townsend.

84:46

Shot from 25 yards by Tom Parkes. Sam Hird gets a block in.

84:39

John-Joe O'Toole delivers the ball.

84:18

Fabian Broghammer decides to take the corner short.

81:16

Centre by Oliver Norburn, clearance by Neal Trotman.

81:10

Short corner worked by Fabian Broghammer.

79:33 Substitution

Substitution Armand Gnanduillet leaves the field to be replaced by Marc Richards.

76:58

Eliot Richards takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Fabian Broghammer, clearance made by Neal Trotman.

72:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Armand Gnanduillet - Chesterfld 2 - 0 Bristol R Armand Gnanduillet fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chesterfield 2-0 Bristol Rovers.

71:35 Substitution

Substitution Tendayi Darikwa is brought on as a substitute for Jack Lester.

71:35 Substitution

Substitution Oumare Tounkara replaces Ryan Brunt.

71:35

Effort from deep inside the area by Sam Togwell misses to the right of the target.

71:03

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Conor Townsend.

70:52

The ball is swung over by Conor Townsend, Mark McChrystal makes a clearance.

70:00

Effort from outside the penalty box by Sam Togwell goes wide right of the target.

68:48

Eliot Richards takes a shot from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Tommy Lee.

68:08

Ryan Brunt challenges Liam Cooper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Cooper takes the indirect free kick.

66:41

Jack Lester is caught offside. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

61:24

Corner taken by Conor Townsend from the right by-line played to the near post, Jack Lester produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

59:08

Effort by Oliver Norburn from a long way out goes over the target.

57:20

Conor Townsend takes a outswinging corner.

55:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Brindley by Fabian Broghammer. James O'Shea crosses the ball, Neal Trotman takes a shot. Clearance by Mark McChrystal.

55:19

Armand Gnanduillet takes a shot. Mark McChrystal gets a block in.

54:39

Sam Togwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Brunt. Fabian Broghammer takes the indirect free kick.

53:28 Substitution

Substitution Danny Woodards goes off and Tom Hitchcock comes on.

52:25 Goal scored

Goal! - James O'Shea - Chesterfld 1 - 0 Bristol R James O'Shea fires in a goal from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Chesterfield 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

51:40

Corner taken left-footed by Conor Townsend, Mark McChrystal makes a clearance.

50:31

Armand Gnanduillet challenges Eliot Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

47:33

Sam Hird challenges Oliver Norburn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliver Norburn.

47:13

The ball is delivered by Nathan Smith, save by Steve Mildenhall.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Fabian Broghammer replaces Joe Anyinsah.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:34

The ball is crossed by Richard Brindley, Steve Mildenhall makes a save. The ball is delivered by Conor Townsend, save made by Steve Mildenhall.

44:22

Foul by Tom Parkes on Jack Lester, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Conor Townsend from the free kick.

43:30

Effort on goal by Eliot Richards from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

42:50

Armand Gnanduillet takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Mildenhall.

42:04

Armand Gnanduillet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliver Norburn. Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.

41:24

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Conor Townsend.

40:46

Centre by James O'Shea, Sam Hird takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall. Outswinging corner taken by Conor Townsend from the left by-line.

39:49

The official flags Nathan Smith offside. Steve Mildenhall takes the indirect free kick.

39:17

A cross is delivered by Conor Townsend, blocked by Michael Smith.

36:28

Conor Townsend produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

35:52

Unfair challenge on Richard Brindley by Mark McChrystal results in a free kick. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

34:57

The offside flag is raised against Armand Gnanduillet. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

31:37

Sam Hird takes a shot. Save made by Steve Mildenhall.

31:12

Sam Togwell challenges Oliver Norburn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark McChrystal.

25:12

John-Joe O'Toole takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

19:21

The ball is delivered by Michael Smith, save by Tommy Lee.

17:48

Centre by Conor Townsend, clearance by Mark McChrystal. Corner taken left-footed by Conor Townsend from the right by-line, Sam Hird takes a shot. Save by Steve Mildenhall.

13:03

Jack Lester concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliver Norburn. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

10:33

Joe Anyinsah fouled by Sam Togwell, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

8:45

Outswinging corner taken by Oliver Norburn, save made by Tommy Lee.

7:33

The referee gives a free kick against Armand Gnanduillet for handball. Michael Smith takes the direct free kick.

7:00

John-Joe O'Toole produces a cross, clearance by Sam Togwell.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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