Gary Roberts scored one and created another to send Chesterfield four points clear at the top of League Two with victory over AFC Wimbledon.

The midfielder volleyed the hosts ahead from close range, before swinging in a free-kick for Sam Hird to head home after the break.

Earlier, Dons striker Michael Smith scooped a chance to equalise over the crossbar from six yards.

He was also denied by a stunning double-save from keeper Tommy Lee.

The Spireites got off to a bright start when Marc Richards' effort found the back of the net after six minutes but it was flagged away for off-side.

Smith called Lee into action for the first time on 18 minutes and continued to be a menace, with the goalkeeper again foiling the Charlton loanee late on.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought it was outstanding in terms of the football we played.

"Great credit to Wimbledon to come here and make a game of it.

"It shows the commitment of these players, where Tommy Lee's made some outstanding saves.

"And right at the end Liam Cooper's threw his neck on the line and Sam Herd - his will to not concede a goal, full credit to the players."

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"I think we wanted to come and have a go, I think I could have tactically shut up shop, I could have done a load of work during the week and I think we would have given them a really tight game had I gone that route.

"I've learned that we're where we are. That's the sort of benchmark, as one of the best teams in the league, if not the, and I've learnt that we're not there as a team as the way we function, as the way we pass, as the way we move, our work ethnic at times isn't where theirs' was.

"I said that if we kept our lines tight and we worked incredibly hard as a team, and our 1v1 defending was good, then they would have to break us down and I didn't think we had enough of that, I didn't think we had enough of their work ethic."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 04 Hird
  • 06 Cooper
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 25 Talbot
  • 05 Morsy
  • 07 Darikwa (McSheffrey - 77' )
  • 10 O'Shea (Gnanduillet - 87' Booked )
  • 11 Roberts
  • 12 Ryan
  • 09 Richards (Doyle - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Chapman
  • 08 Togwell
  • 23 Evatt
  • 27 Edwards
  • 17 Doyle
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 28 McSheffrey

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Warner
  • 02 Fuller
  • 05 Frampton
  • 06 Bennett Booked
  • 15 Fenlon
  • 07 Francomb (Strutton - 79' )
  • 08 S Moore
  • 12 Pell Booked
  • 21 Porter (Midson - 63' )
  • 09 Smith
  • 11 L Moore (Arthur - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Brown
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 24 Weston
  • 04 Sweeney
  • 19 Arthur
  • 10 Midson
  • 17 Strutton
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 6,353

Match Stats

Shots

17 14

On target

4 9

Corners

7 6

Fouls

3 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:27 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:34

Harry Pell receives a yellow card.

90:00 +4:34 Booking

Booking

90:00 +4:13

Armand Gnanduillet receives a yellow card.

90:00 +4:13 Booking

Booking

90:00 +3:43

Michael Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

90:00 +3:11

Clearance made by Alan Bennett.

90:00 +3:06

Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the left by-line.

90:00 +2:47

Andy Frampton makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:41

The ball is crossed by Armand Gnanduillet.

90:00 +2:31

Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:16

Free kick taken by Ross Worner.

90:00 +2:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Eoin Doyle.

90:00 +1:53

Sam Morsy manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:48

The ball is delivered by Barry Fuller.

89:03

Gary Roberts has an effort at goal. Blocked by Andy Frampton.

88:38

Charlie Strutton has an effort at goal. Shot by Michael Smith. Tommy Lee parries the effort to safety.

87:00

Clearance made by Ross Worner.

86:54

Corner taken by Gary Roberts.

86:43 Substitution

Substitution Armand Gnanduillet joins the action as a substitute, replacing James O'Shea.

85:56

Shot by James O'Shea.

85:37

Sam Morsy takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

83:19

Header by Michael Smith misses right.

83:15

The ball is swung over by Jim Fenlon.

82:47

Corner taken by Sammy Moore.

82:22

Centre by Michael Smith.

82:07

Free kick taken by Ross Worner.

81:54

Gary McSheffrey is caught offside.

81:46

Centre by James O'Shea.

81:38

Free kick taken by Jimmy Ryan.

81:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Sammy Moore.

81:05

Andy Frampton makes a clearance.

81:01

Eoin Doyle sends in a cross.

80:13

Header by Eoin Doyle misses right.

80:06

The ball is delivered by Ritchie Humphreys.

78:52 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Strutton comes on in place of George Francomb.

78:25

Shot by George Francomb.

77:41

Alan Bennett makes a clearance.

77:37

Ritchie Humphreys produces a cross.

76:56 Substitution

Substitution (Chesterfield) makes a substitution, with Gary McSheffrey coming on for Tendayi Darikwa.

75:05

Barry Fuller makes a clearance.

75:01

Eoin Doyle crosses the ball.

74:43

Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

74:35

Jack Midson is ruled offside.

73:54

Andy Frampton restarts play with the free kick.

73:47

The assistant referee signals for offside against Eoin Doyle.

73:35

Chris Arthur crosses the ball.

72:56

Shot by Sammy Moore went over the bar.

72:32

Jack Midson gets a header at goal. Tommy Lee parries the effort to safety.

72:24

Corner taken by George Francomb.

72:04

Jim Fenlon takes a shot. Tommy Lee parries the effort to safety.

71:12 Substitution

Substitution Eoin Doyle comes on in place of Marc Richards.

70:37

Michael Smith takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

69:55

Shot by Sam Morsy missed to the right of the target.

69:44

Clearance by Andy Frampton.

69:40

Tendayi Darikwa delivers the ball.

68:50

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Roberts.

68:28

James O'Shea produces a cross.

68:21

Ritchie Humphreys restarts play with the free kick.

68:08

Foul by Sammy Moore on Gary Roberts, free kick awarded.

67:37

Ross Worner restarts play with the free kick.

67:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Morsy.

65:20

Shot by Ritchie Humphreys missed to the left of the net.

65:04

Andy Frampton manages to make a clearance.

64:55

Free kick crossed by Gary Roberts.

64:31

Marc Richards fouled by Alan Bennett, the ref awards a free kick.

64:30

Alan Bennett receives a caution.

64:30 Booking

Booking

62:40

Barry Fuller makes a clearance.

62:35

Gary Roberts produces a cross.

62:10 Substitution

Substitution Luke Moore goes off and Chris Arthur comes on.

62:01 Substitution

Substitution Jack Midson comes on in place of George Porter.

61:00

Marc Richards takes a shot and cleared the goal.

60:46

Clearance made by Andy Frampton.

60:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Roberts.

60:09

Ritchie Humphreys delivers the ball.

57:33

Harry Pell restarts play with the free kick.

57:19

Sam Morsy concedes a free kick for a foul on George Francomb.

57:04

Tendayi Darikwa takes a shot and hits the post.

54:08

Marc Richards takes a shot. Ross Worner safely holds on.

53:00

Assist on the goal came from Gary Roberts.

53:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Hird - Chesterfld 2 - 0 Wimbledon Sam Hird scores. Chesterfield 2-0 AFC Wimbledon.

52:42

A cross is delivered by Gary Roberts. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

52:17

The referee penalises Luke Moore for handball.

51:50

Liam Cooper takes the free kick.

51:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by George Porter on Liam Cooper.

51:10

Corner taken by George Francomb from the right by-line.

50:44

The ball is sent over by George Francomb.

49:13

Header at goal by Marc Richards misses left of the target.

49:02

A cross is delivered by Tendayi Darikwa.

47:07

Gary Roberts produces a cross.

45:23

James O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.

45:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James O'Shea by Sammy Moore.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +0:53 Half time

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

43:45

Harry Pell takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

41:53

Free kick taken by Andy Frampton.

41:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Bennett by Marc Richards.

41:15

The ball is sent over by Jim Fenlon.

40:00

Shot by Michael Smith cleared the crossbar.

34:42

George Francomb makes a clearance.

34:36

The ball is delivered by James O'Shea.

32:35

Header at goal by Marc Richards misses left of the target.

32:24

The ball is swung over by Drew Talbot.

32:11

The ball is swung over by Gary Roberts.

30:58

Corner taken by George Francomb.

29:45

James O'Shea provided the assist for the goal.

29:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Roberts - Chesterfld 1 - 0 Wimbledon Gary Roberts scores with a left foot finish. Chesterfield 1-0 AFC Wimbledon.

28:46

Header at goal by Tendayi Darikwa misses to the right.

28:38

The ball is sent over by Ritchie Humphreys.

28:05

Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

27:51

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jim Fenlon.

27:21

Michael Smith takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tommy Lee parries the effort to safety.

27:04

Michael Smith has an effort at goal.

26:15

Gary Roberts sends in a cross.

25:19

James O'Shea produces a cross.

24:24

Clearance by Andy Frampton.

24:19

Centre by Gary Roberts.

22:01

James O'Shea sends in a cross.

20:55

Shot by Luke Moore went over the crossbar.

20:46

Free kick taken by George Francomb.

20:26

Sam Morsy concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Pell.

19:54

Centre by Drew Talbot.

19:26

Header at goal by Liam Cooper to the left of the net.

19:12

Corner taken by James O'Shea.

17:46

Corner taken by Ritchie Humphreys from the left by-line.

17:40

Corner taken by Barry Fuller.

17:11

Michael Smith takes a fantastic shot.

15:25

Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

15:13

Sammy Moore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Ryan.

13:39

Sam Hird takes the free kick.

13:29

Unfair challenge on Sam Morsy by George Porter results in a free kick.

13:23

George Porter manages to make a clearance.

13:15

Gary Roberts delivers the ball.

13:09

Tendayi Darikwa produces a cross.

12:38

Clearance made by George Porter.

12:27

The ball is delivered by Gary Roberts.

12:19

Free kick taken by Ritchie Humphreys.

11:55

Barry Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ritchie Humphreys.

10:17

Shot by James O'Shea went wide right of the target.

10:04

Alan Bennett makes a clearance.

9:57

Centre by Tendayi Darikwa.

9:38

Corner taken by Tendayi Darikwa.

8:54

Jimmy Ryan takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

8:42

The ball is delivered by Ritchie Humphreys.

7:15

A cross is delivered by Luke Moore.

6:00

Free kick taken by Ross Worner.

5:49

Marc Richards is ruled offside.

5:32

Centre by Ritchie Humphreys.

4:26

Liam Cooper makes a clearance.

1:08

Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

1:00

Michael Smith is caught offside.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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