Chesterfield sealed promotion to League One with victory at a soggy Burton thanks to Jay O'Shea's double.

O'Shea turned home from inside the box seven minutes into the second half from a pass by veteran Ritchie Humphreys.

Eoin Doyle laid on midfielder O'Shea's 79th-minute clincher, allowing the Irishman to poke home from close in.

Sam Hird headed against the bar for the visitors and Gary Roberts curled a free-kick just over, while Lee Bell's tame drive was as close as Burton came.

Chesterfield's win takes them back to top spot in League Two, above title rivals Rochdale on goal difference.

Barring Rochdale winning by a cricket score at Newport next Saturday, Chesterfield will lift the title if they win at home to Fleetwood.

Burton, who have already secured their play-off place, remain fifth.

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

Post-match: Burton manager Rowett

"They showed that little bit of extra quality than us. That maybe has been the difference between us getting automatic promotion instead of the likes of Chesterfield.

"It stunk of an end of season performance really, if I'm being honest. We had nothing to play for. They had everything to play for.

"I was disappointed with the players. I said: 'Listen, if you think that's enough then you're sadly mistaken because one or two of you looked terrible today'.

"They just didn't look like they had anywhere near enough energy or athleticism. That maybe has altered my thinking for one or two of the play-off games and it'll be their own fault for that."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Burton Albion

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Edwards
  • 15 McFadzean
  • 08 Weir (Ismail - 56' )
  • 06 Sharps
  • 21 Holness
  • 23 Palmer
  • 07 Bell (Knowles - 71' )
  • 09 Alexander
  • 29 Kee (Hemmings - 56' )
  • 11 MacDonald

Substitutes

  • 01 Lainton
  • 12 Hemmings
  • 18 Knowles
  • 19 Ismail
  • 24 Slade
  • 26 Gray
  • 28 Symes

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Darikwa
  • 03 Smith
  • 12 Ryan
  • 06 Cooper (Humphreys - 30' )
  • 23 Evatt
  • 10 O'Shea
  • 04 Hird
  • 17 Doyle (Richards - 86' )
  • 29 Kearns (Gardner - 20' )
  • 11 Roberts

Substitutes

  • 08 Togwell
  • 09 Richards
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 25 Talbot
  • 26 Gardner
  • 35 Dunbavin
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 4,855

Match Stats

Shots

7 12

On target

4 5

Corners

2 11

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burton Albion 0, Chesterfield 2.

90:00 +4:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Chesterfield 2.

90:00 +3:48

Attempt saved. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:18

Attempt blocked. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:45

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

90:00 +1:45

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Dan Gardner (Chesterfield).

90:00 +1:01

Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:09

Attempt saved. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:16

Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:14

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

86:14

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

86:14

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Marc Richards replaces Eoin Doyle.

83:18

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

80:21 Booking

Booking Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

78:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 0, Chesterfield 2. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) header from very close range to the top right corner.

73:06

Attempt missed. Ashley Hemmings (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

72:17

Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:17

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

70:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Dominic Knowles replaces Lee Bell because of an injury.

68:50

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Marcus Holness.

66:31

Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:31

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

64:23

Attempt saved. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

63:12

Foul by Dan Gardner (Chesterfield).

63:12

Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:02

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

61:04

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

61:04

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

59:29

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Lee Bell.

57:01

Attempt saved. Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

56:20

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Sam Hird.

55:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Ashley Hemmings replaces Billy Kee.

55:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Zeli Ismail replaces Robbie Weir.

55:09

Attempt blocked. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

54:19

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

52:39

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

52:24

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burton Albion 0, Chesterfield 1. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ritchie Humphreys.

50:00

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

50:00

Foul by Gary Alexander (Burton Albion).

48:46

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:11

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

46:11

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

45:00

Second Half begins Burton Albion 0, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +2:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burton Albion 0, Chesterfield 0.

43:08

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

43:08

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

41:27

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

41:27

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:06

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

40:32

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

39:26

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) hits the bar with a header from very close range following a corner.

38:27

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Robbie Weir.

37:35

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Marcus Holness.

35:30

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

35:00

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:52

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

33:17

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

32:46

Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:19

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

32:19

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Ritchie Humphreys replaces Liam Cooper because of an injury.

28:47

Nathan Smith (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:47

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

22:46

Attempt blocked. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:34

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

20:34

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Dan Gardner replaces Daniel Kearns because of an injury.

18:35

Delay in match Daniel Kearns (Chesterfield) because of an injury.

16:52

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

15:24

Attempt blocked. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:42

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

10:42

Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:50

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

6:49

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:49

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

4:49

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Alexander MacDonald.

1:53

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Marcus Holness.

1:11

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

1:11

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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