League Two
Chesterfield3Bristol Rovers1

Chesterfield 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Sam Morsy

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:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"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."

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 7Darikwa
  • 15Humphreys
  • 5Morsy
  • 23Evatt
  • 6Cooper
  • 26GardnerSubstituted forO'Sheaat 81'minutes
  • 12Ryan
  • 17DoyleSubstituted forGnanduilletat 73'minutes
  • 2BanksSubstituted forRichardsat 73'minutes
  • 11Roberts

Substitutes

  • 3Smith
  • 4Hird
  • 9Richards
  • 10O'Shea
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 25Talbot
  • 35Dunbavin

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 19Beardsley
  • 30Lockyer
  • 9HarroldSubstituted forClarksonat 76'minutes
  • 24O Clarke
  • 39MohamedSubstituted forHarrisonat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Clarkson
  • 15Norburn
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 33Santos
  • 34Keary
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
6,048

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

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

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

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

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

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

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

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

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

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

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

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

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

Substitution

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

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

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

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

Foul by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. David Clarkson replaces Matt Harrold.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Eoin Doyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Marc Richards replaces Oliver Banks.

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

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

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

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

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

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

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

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

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield2915952154
2Scunthorpe29131241451
3Oxford Utd28131051649
4Fleetwood28153101248
5Southend2813871247
6Rochdale281459947
7Burton281387447
8Newport261097539
9Dag & Red2910910139
10Wimbledon2910811-138
11Morecambe2810810-438
12Plymouth289910-636
13York3081111-335
14Cheltenham288119-435
15Hartlepool299812-535
16Exeter289712-434
17Accrington278811-632
18Portsmouth2971111-932
19Mansfield2971111-932
20Bury2771010-331
21Bristol Rovers287912-530
22Wycombe287813-629
23Torquay287813-1329
24Northampton275814-1623
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