Marc Richards scored his first goal since January to give Chesterfield an impressive win and dent Oxford's League Two play-off ambitions.

Richard Bradley teed up Richards inside the area and he fired into the bottom corner for his seventh of the season.

Tom Craddock came closest to finding a U's equaliser, but keeper Tommy Lee got down well at his near post.

Oxford continued to press but Spireites defender Liam Cooper blocked Craddock's effort and the visitors held on.

The hosts, who had won five of their last seven to remain within touching distance of the top seven, are now six points adrift of the play-off places.

Chesterfield move up to 11th in the table, just one place behind the U's.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Second half we played well, first half we never played well. We got a goal up and sat back. We allowed Oxford to dictate the play.

"We're better than that. That was the demand I put on the players - don't be happy to come to stadiums and hang on.

"I thought second half we played really well and we looked a strong team. I always felt we might get a second goal."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Oxford Utd

  • 24 McCormick
  • 02 Batt
  • 04 Raynes (Worley - 86' Booked )
  • 06 Wright
  • 16 Whing
  • 14 Rigg (Craddock - 59' )
  • 26 Davis
  • 27 Davies
  • 09 Constable
  • 10 Smalley Booked (Parker - 77' )
  • 15 Potter

Substitutes

  • 21 Brown
  • 05 Duberry
  • 22 Worley
  • 23 O'Brien
  • 08 Heslop
  • 25 Parker
  • 29 Craddock

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Smith (Whitaker - 28' )
  • 05 Trotman
  • 06 Hird
  • 12 Darwikwa (Talbot - 66' )
  • 17 Brindley (Randall - 90' )
  • 31 Cooper
  • 33 Townsend
  • 08 Togwell
  • 34 O'Shea
  • 09 Richards

Substitutes

  • 40 Barrington
  • 07 Henshall
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 23 Randall
  • 25 Talbot
  • 14 Lester
  • 41 Clark
Ref: Bond
Att: 6,003

Match Stats

Shots

9 5

On target

5 1

Corners

8 2

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:19

Liam Cooper restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:19 Booking

Booking Harry Worley is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:13

Harry Worley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Togwell.

90:00 +1:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Harry Worley. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:36

James O'Shea challenges Scott Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Davies.

90:00 +0:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marc Richards. Damian Batt takes the free kick.

89:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neal Trotman by Harry Worley. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

89:13 Substitution

Substitution Mark Randall is brought on as a substitute for Richard Brindley.

88:32

The ball is crossed by Drew Talbot, save by Luke McCormick.

85:51 Substitution

Substitution Harry Worley is brought on as a substitute for Michael Raynes.

84:03

Unfair challenge on Andrew Whing by James O'Shea results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.

83:02

Close range shot by James O'Shea misses to the left of the goal.

81:52

The official flags James Constable offside. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

81:39

James Constable fouled by Liam Cooper, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Damian Batt.

79:05

Foul by Josh Parker on Richard Brindley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

77:36

James Constable produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

76:34 Substitution

Substitution Josh Parker comes on in place of Deane Smalley.

73:41

Tom Craddock takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

71:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Deane Smalley by Sam Hird. Jake Wright restarts play with the free kick.

70:59

James Constable is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

70:22

Marc Richards is ruled offside. Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.

69:14

Neal Trotman fouled by James Constable, the ref awards a free kick. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

68:06

Marc Richards is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Michael Raynes.

64:53

Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.

64:53 Substitution

Substitution Drew Talbot comes on in place of Tendayi Darikwa.

64:53

Liam Davis fouled by James O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick.

64:15

Liam Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tendayi Darikwa. Richard Brindley takes the free kick.

58:08 Substitution

Substitution Tom Craddock on for Sean Rigg.

57:41

James O'Shea produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

55:35

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Whitaker from the right by-line.

54:39

Deane Smalley takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

53:08

Liam Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Tendayi Darikwa. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

49:16

Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Wright. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.

48:06

Richard Brindley produces a cross.

46:23

The referee blows for offside. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:13 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:41

Foul by Deane Smalley on Liam Cooper, free kick awarded. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:01

Shot from close range by James Constable clears the bar.

45:00 +0:26

Deane Smalley takes a shot. Save made by Tommy Lee. Corner taken by Scott Davies, clearance made by Sam Togwell.

42:16

Alfie Potter takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Cooper. Inswinging corner taken by Sean Rigg from the right by-line, save made by Tommy Lee. Corner taken by Scott Davies from the right by-line.

41:00

Unfair challenge on Sean Rigg by Tendayi Darikwa results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Davies.

39:16

Sean Rigg produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

38:48

Liam Cooper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Constable. Scott Davies takes the free kick.

37:42

Centre by Sean Rigg, Andrew Whing takes a shot. Tommy Lee makes a save.

37:06

Sean Rigg takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Conor Townsend.

34:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marc Richards. Direct free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

33:06

Sam Hird has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

32:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Deane Smalley on Neal Trotman. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

29:03

Michael Raynes challenges Marc Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Conor Townsend has an effort direct from the free kick.

28:13

Damian Batt delivers the ball.

27:01 Booking

Booking Deane Smalley booked.

27:01 Substitution

Substitution Danny Whitaker comes on in place of Nathan Smith.

23:27

Sean Rigg takes the inswinging corner, A cross is delivered by Liam Davis, clearance made by Sam Togwell.

22:48

Sean Rigg crosses the ball, clearance made by Neal Trotman. Alfie Potter produces a cross, Nathan Smith manages to make a clearance.

22:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis by Richard Brindley. Andrew Whing restarts play with the free kick.

20:59

Corner taken left-footed by Sean Rigg, James Constable produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

17:19

Foul by Jake Wright on Marc Richards, free kick awarded. Conor Townsend restarts play with the free kick.

16:50

The ball is crossed by Liam Davis, save by Tommy Lee.

15:25

Sean Rigg produces a cross, Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.

12:27

Sean Rigg is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

12:09

Foul by Marc Richards on Michael Raynes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

10:40

Liam Cooper challenges James Constable unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Damian Batt.

9:19

Liam Davis fouled by Tendayi Darikwa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

5:43

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies from the left by-line, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

4:25

The assist for the goal came from Richard Brindley.

4:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Richards - Oxford 0 - 1 Chesterfld Marc Richards gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 0-1 Chesterfield.

3:46

James Constable concedes a free kick for a foul on Neal Trotman. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

3:22

Unfair challenge on Deane Smalley by Richard Brindley results in a free kick. Liam Davis takes the free kick.

1:36

Corner taken left-footed by Conor Townsend from the right by-line, Deane Smalley makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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