League leaders Chesterfield scored four goals in just seven minutes in the first half to dispose of Cheltenham.

Dan Gardner showed impressive technique to finish after a misjudgement by Robins midfielder Sam Deering.

Eoin Doyle made it two when he ran on to Ollie Banks' pass, before Banks curled in a right-foot effort, and Liam Cooper glanced home from a corner.

Byron Harrison scored a second-half consolation for Cheltenham after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

On a difficult pitch the Spireites were in control from the start as they looked to put last Saturday's unexpected defeat at struggling Wycombe behind them.

But few could have predicted the manner in which Paul Cook's side would effectively end the match as a competitive spectacle between the 22nd minute and the 29th.

The visitors improved in the second-half, but Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee made two outstanding saves to snuff out any prospect of an unlikely comeback, while both Gary Roberts and Sam Togwell failed to take excellent chances to score a fifth goal for the visitors.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Coming off the back of Saturday's result (1-0 win over Newport) we were optimistic and confident.

"For 20 minutes we were in the game and created two or three chances.

"The first goal's come from a corner and the seven or eight minutes that followed were very influential.

"It's massively disappointing and it's difficult to take."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Cheltenham Town

  • 01 Brown
  • 32 Brundle
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 08 Deering (Taylor - 85' )
  • 28 Ihiekwe
  • 06 Elliott
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 14 Richards
  • 09 Harrison (Cureton - 75' )
  • 10 Gornell
  • 21 Vincent (Kotwica - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Taylor
  • 07 Cureton
  • 12 Roberts
  • 19 Kotwica
  • 20 Jombati
  • 27 Williams
  • 31 Lucas

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Darikwa
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 05 Morsy
  • 23 Evatt
  • 06 Cooper
  • 26 Gardner (Hird - 65' )
  • 02 Banks (Gnanduillet - 56' )
  • 17 Doyle
  • 11 Roberts
  • 12 Ryan (Togwell - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Smith
  • 04 Hird
  • 08 Togwell
  • 09 Richards
  • 10 O'Shea
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 35 Dunbavin
Ref: Graham Salisbury
Att: 2,317

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

6 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

5 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Chesterfield 4.

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Chesterfield 4.

89:39

Foul by Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town).

89:39

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:06

Jason Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:03

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

87:58

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

87:53

Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jason Taylor replaces Sam Deering.

84:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Togwell replaces Jimmy Ryan.

84:22

Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:22

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield).

79:15

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

77:37

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:37

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

75:17

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jamie Cureton replaces Byron Harrison.

74:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Ashley Vincent.

68:58

Attempt missed. Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

66:52

Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:52

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

66:11

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Steve Elliott.

64:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Hird replaces Dan Gardner.

56:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Chesterfield 4. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

56:00

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

55:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Oliver Banks.

55:44

Attempt saved. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:18

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

53:18

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:19

Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

46:16

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:16

Foul by Gary Roberts (Chesterfield).

45:00

Second Half begins Cheltenham Town 0, Chesterfield 4.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Chesterfield 4.

44:36

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Steve Elliott.

44:03

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Mitch Brundle.

42:33

Foul by Mitch Brundle (Cheltenham Town).

42:33

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:16

Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

42:16

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:16

Attempt missed. Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

35:01

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

35:01

Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:17

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

28:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Chesterfield 4. Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

27:33

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

26:25

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ritchie Humphreys.

25:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Chesterfield 3. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from long range on the left to the bottom right corner.

24:06

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

23:59

Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Chesterfield 2. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner.

21:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Chesterfield 1. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

21:16

Attempt saved. Mitch Brundle (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:35

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

19:28

Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:28

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

10:46

Attempt missed. Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

9:00

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Sam Deering.

7:33

Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:03

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:03

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

0:00

First Half begins.

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