League Two leaders Chesterfield earned their seventh win in eight games with a narrow victory at 10-man Oxford.

Ritchie Humphreys volleyed in Eoin Doyle's cross to put the Spireites ahead on the half-hour mark.

Oxford defender Andy Whing was shown a straight red for a sliding tackle on Doyle midway through the second-half.

Ryan Clarke made a string of fine saves as Chesterfield dominated, but Dean Smalley almost equalised five minutes from time when his header hit the post.

The win for Chesterfield maintained their four-point lead at the top of the division, while Oxford's first defeat of the season saw them drop out of the top three.

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Chesterfield goalkeeping coach Eric Nixon told BBC Radio Sheffield:

Post-match: Chesterfield coach Nixon

"It was a hard-working performance, but I feel on the day it could have been more goals for us.

"Obviously Oxford are a really good side, but it's nice to come and get three points.

"We've got a great system and the football we play is pleasing on the eye."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 03 Newey
  • 04 Raynes (Davies - 72' )
  • 13 Hunt
  • 19 Mullins
  • 10 Smalley
  • 14 Hall (Rigg - 53' )
  • 16 Whing Dismissed
  • 17 Rose (Ruffles - 90' )
  • 08 Kitson Booked
  • 11 Potter

Substitutes

  • 25 Jalal
  • 18 Davies
  • 34 Bevans
  • 15 Williams
  • 33 Shama
  • 07 Rigg
  • 37 Ruffles

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 04 Hird Booked
  • 06 Cooper
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 25 Talbot
  • 05 Morsy Booked
  • 07 Darikwa (McSheffrey - 71' )
  • 10 O'Shea (Devitt - 90' )
  • 11 Roberts
  • 12 Ryan
  • 17 Doyle (Gnanduillet - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Chapman
  • 08 Togwell
  • 23 Evatt
  • 27 Edwards
  • 16 Devitt
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 28 McSheffrey
Ref: Kettle
Att: 7,187

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

2 4

Corners

3 6

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:35 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:29

Shot comes in from Scott Davies from the free kick which clears the target.

90:00 +4:51 Booking

Booking

90:00 +4:51

Sam Hird is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +4:42

Sam Hird challenges Scott Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +3:11

Free kick taken by Tom Newey.

90:00 +3:01

The referee blows for offside.

90:00 +2:09 Substitution

Substitution Joshua Ruffels replaces Danny Rose.

90:00 +1:41 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Devitt joins the action as a substitute, replacing James O'Shea.

90:00 +0:45

Tom Newey restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:42

The offside flag is raised against Armand Gnanduillet.

90:00 +0:13

Shot by Gary Roberts cleared the crossbar.

89:26 Booking

Booking

89:26

Sam Morsy receives a yellow card for dissent.

89:03

Shot by Deane Smalley cleared the crossbar.

86:07

Johnny Mullins manages to make a clearance.

86:00

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.

85:34

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.

84:08

Deane Smalley takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.

83:50

The ball is crossed by Dave Kitson.

83:02

Tom Newey takes the free kick.

82:35 Substitution

Substitution Armand Gnanduillet joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eoin Doyle.

82:13

Eoin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

80:21

Deane Smalley gets a header at goal. Tommy Lee catches the ball.

80:13

The ball is sent over by David Hunt.

80:01

Clearance made by Liam Cooper.

79:58

A cross is delivered by David Hunt.

77:30

Eoin Doyle takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ryan Clarke blocks the ball.

77:15

Drew Talbot restarts play with the free kick.

77:03

Scott Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Roberts.

76:25

Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

76:21

The referee blows for offside.

73:06

Clearance made by Tom Newey.

72:59

Free kick crossed by Gary McSheffrey.

72:46 Booking

Booking

72:46

Dave Kitson receives a caution.

72:38

Dave Kitson challenges Ritchie Humphreys unfairly and gives away a free kick.

72:23

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

72:05

James O'Shea has an effort at goal.

71:58

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Scott Davies on for Michael Raynes.

70:53 Substitution

Substitution Gary McSheffrey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tendayi Darikwa.

70:23

Michael Raynes manages to make a clearance.

70:19

James O'Shea delivers the ball.

70:10

Corner from the left by-line taken by James O'Shea.

69:36

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

69:18

Tendayi Darikwa has an effort at goal.

67:42

Free kick taken by Ritchie Humphreys.

66:34 Dismissal

Dismissal

66:34

Andrew Whing is shown a red card.

66:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Whing on Eoin Doyle.

65:31

The ball is delivered by David Hunt.

65:22

Sam Hird manages to make a clearance.

65:19

David Hunt crosses the ball.

64:12

Clearance by Sam Hird.

61:39

Centre by James O'Shea.

60:20

The ball is sent over by Tendayi Darikwa.

59:16

Shot by Alfie Potter went wide of the left-hand post.

58:52

Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

58:20

James O'Shea produces a cross.

57:55

Free kick taken by Jimmy Ryan.

57:48

Foul by Michael Raynes on James O'Shea, free kick awarded.

54:30

Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

54:19

The referee blows for offside.

52:54

Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

52:49

Foul by Danny Rose on Sam Morsy, free kick awarded.

52:17 Substitution

Substitution Asa Hall leaves the field to be replaced by Sean Rigg.

51:10

Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

51:07

Tendayi Darikwa is ruled offside.

50:43

James O'Shea takes a shot.

50:33

Tendayi Darikwa crosses the ball.

46:51

Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

46:45

Dave Kitson challenges Sam Hird unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:13

Deane Smalley takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

43:59

The ball is delivered by Alfie Potter.

43:43

Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

43:28

Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

43:20

Foul by Eoin Doyle on Johnny Mullins, free kick awarded.

42:12

Drew Talbot crosses the ball.

37:42

Asa Hall sends in a cross.

37:12

Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

36:58

Deane Smalley concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Roberts.

35:49

Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

35:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Sam Hird.

33:36

Sam Hird takes the free kick.

33:31

Dave Kitson is caught offside.

32:51

Danny Rose delivers the ball.

32:30

Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

32:21

Unfair challenge on Andrew Whing by Jimmy Ryan results in a free kick.

31:31

Shot by Deane Smalley went wide of the right-hand upright.

30:44

Clearance by Liam Cooper.

30:33

Corner taken by David Hunt.

29:38

Assist by Eoin Doyle.

29:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Ritchie Humphreys - Oxford 0 - 1 Chesterfld Ritchie Humphreys scores with their left foot. Oxford Utd 0-1 Chesterfield.

27:27

Tom Newey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

27:22

Jimmy Ryan challenges Alfie Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:11

Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Rose.

26:33

Shot by Danny Rose.

25:30

Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

24:45

The referee blows for offside.

22:25

Clearance made by Ritchie Humphreys.

22:20

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Hunt.

22:00

David Hunt takes the free kick.

21:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Cooper on Deane Smalley.

20:45

Ryan Clarke manages to make a clearance.

20:40

The ball is delivered by Gary Roberts.

19:35

Liam Cooper takes the free kick.

19:28

The official flags Deane Smalley offside.

17:55

Header by Deane Smalley misses left.

17:42

The ball is delivered by Alfie Potter.

16:23

Sam Hird makes a clearance.

16:13

Centre by Dave Kitson.

15:12

Eoin Doyle takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

13:48

Drew Talbot takes the free kick.

13:41

Unfair challenge on Tendayi Darikwa by Asa Hall results in a free kick.

12:48

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

12:16

Tendayi Darikwa takes a shot.

12:03

Drew Talbot delivers the ball.

10:33

Clearance made by Johnny Mullins.

10:28

The ball is sent over by Drew Talbot.

8:49

Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

8:26

Asa Hall fouled by Sam Morsy, the ref awards a free kick.

7:58

Free kick taken by Sam Morsy.

7:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eoin Doyle by Andrew Whing.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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