Match ends, Chesterfield 2, Port Vale 0.
Kristian Dennis scored his third goal of the season as Chesterfield beat Port Vale to move off the bottom of the League Two table.
Dennis and midfielder Jordan Sinnott struck in the space of five first-half minutes to give Chesterfield their first victory of the season and condemn Vale to a second consecutive defeat.
Vale had been the better side until Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell brought an extra man into midfield and the decision paid off when Sinnott played in Dennis, who scored with a low shot from 12 yards in the 39th minute.
Sinnott struck the bar before beating Sam Hornby from 15 yards in the 43rd minute to completely transform the game and Chesterfield remained on top in the second half.
Vale substitute Anthony de Freitas flashed a shot just wide in the 75th minute, Marcus Harness was also off target in the 82nd minute and Tom Pope had a header saved on the line by Tommy Lee, who was playing his first game for more than a year.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 5WisemanBooked at 83mins
- 8SinnottSubstituted forMcCourtat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 23FloresSubstituted forMaguireat 90+3'minutes
- 10O'GradySubstituted forUgwuat 90'minutes
- 31WhitfieldSubstituted forde Freitasat 62'minutes
- 18ReevesSubstituted forStobbsat 90+6'minutes
- 19TurnerSubstituted forPykeat 62'minutes
- 28de Freitas
- Tom Nield
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Chesterfield 2, Port Vale 0.
Substitution, Port Vale. Jack Stobbs replaces Billy Reeves.
Jak McCourt (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jak McCourt (Chesterfield).
Tyler Denton (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Laurence Maguire replaces Jordan Flores.
Scott Wiseman (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale).
Substitution, Chesterfield. Gozie Ugwu replaces Chris O'Grady.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Sam Hird.
Attempt blocked. Billy Reeves (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ian Evatt.
Attempt blocked. Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Jak McCourt replaces Jordan Sinnott because of an injury.
Scott Wiseman (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Scott Wiseman (Chesterfield).
Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
Foul by Chris O'Grady (Chesterfield).