Sam Morsy scored his first goal for Chesterfield to set up victory against Bristol Rovers and move them three points clear at the top of League Two.

Morsy met Eoin Doyle's cut-back to put the hosts ahead with a first-time shot.

Lee Brown levelled with a curling finish before Ollie Banks turned in Gary Roberts' low cross.

The second half started with Roberts catching Tom Parkes in possession and finding Doyle to make it 3-1, with Jay O'Shea hitting the bar late on.

Rovers' second loss this week sees them slip to 21st in the table, just one point above Torquay in the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We didn't look like we had the belief to win the game. That was evident from the beginning.

"We've been punished by a good team who are top of the league.

"It's disappointing as we've usually raised our game against top teams and we weren't able to do that.

"You can take being beaten if you go down fighting. Some players did, some didn't."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Darikwa
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 05 Morsy
  • 23 Evatt
  • 06 Cooper
  • 26 Gardner (O'Shea - 81' )
  • 12 Ryan
  • 17 Doyle (Gnanduillet - 73' )
  • 02 Banks (Richards - 73' )
  • 11 Roberts

Substitutes

  • 03 Smith
  • 04 Hird
  • 09 Richards
  • 10 O'Shea
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 25 Talbot
  • 35 Dunbavin

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 09 Harrold (Clarkson - 76' )
  • 24 Clarke
  • 39 Mohamed (Harrison - 51' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Clarkson
  • 15 Norburn
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 33 Santos
  • 34 Keary
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 6,048

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

5 4

Corners

4 2

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

90:00 +2:43 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

90:00 +1:33

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

90:00 +1:33

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:07

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00

Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

87:36

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

87:00

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:58

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

85:20

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

85:20

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:55

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:55

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

84:12

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

83:00

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

80:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Jay O'Shea replaces Dan Gardner.

79:56

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

79:44

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:41

Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:41

Foul by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

76:38

Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:38

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. David Clarkson replaces Matt Harrold.

72:47

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

72:47

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Eoin Doyle.

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Marc Richards replaces Oliver Banks.

71:30

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

69:53

Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

69:03

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:47

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

66:47

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:00

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:57

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

64:14

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:14

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

62:28

Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:28

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

61:23

Attempt missed. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

56:32

Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:51

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:51

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

54:05

Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:05

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

53:09

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

50:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Kaid Mohamed.

50:31

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

49:02

Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:02

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

46:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

45:00

Second Half begins Chesterfield 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chesterfield 2, Bristol Rovers 1.

45:00 +0:19

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sam Morsy.

45:00 +0:08

Attempt blocked. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:16

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

44:16

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

35:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

29:42

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

29:32

Attempt blocked. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

27:31

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield).

27:31

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:05

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

23:04

Attempt saved. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

22:48

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

22:48

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:25

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:25

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

16:53

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

16:15

Attempt blocked. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:05

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

11:45

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

10:38

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

10:38

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

3:47

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

3:47

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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