Match Details: 01/11/2014
Chesterfield 0-0 Yeovil Town
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Joe Edwards, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Foley, 13. Kieffer Moore, 17. Joel Grant, 18. Jordan Clarke, 19. Liam Davis, 20. Ben Nugent, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 30. Jed Steer
Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 2. Brendan Moloney, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 14. Sam Hoskins, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 25. Jordy Hiwula,
Substitutes Used: Jordy Hiwula for Kieffer Moore (35 mins), James Hayter for Joel Grant (74 mins)
Yeovil Town and Chesterfield cancelled each other out this afternoon at the Proact Stadium in a 0-0 draw. The Glovers new look defence gave them only their second clean sheet of the 2014-15 season, with Aston Villa loanee Jed Steer denying Spireites top scorer Eoin Doyle with a close range block in the second half, as well as saving bravely at his near post during the closing minutes. The best chances for the Glovers came during the first period when Kieffer Moore's close range header was blocked by Thomas Lee, and they struggled to carve out clear-cut chances during the latter stages of the game.
The team that took to the field for the match against the Spireites was unsurprisingly a world away from the one that turned out against Rochdale. However, injuries to Artur Krysiak, Nathan Ralph, Simon Gillett, Ryan Inniss and Nathan Smith forced manager Gary Johnson's hand even further, and perhaps partially explained why this week had the intensity of transfer deadline day for incomings and outgoings. Three players made their debuts, with Jed Steer in goal, whilst Jordan Clarke and Stephen Athurworrey occupied a new look back line. There was also a return for Joel Grant, who had been left entirely out of last week's squad, whilst Kieffer Moore returned following his hamstring injury.
Stephen Arthurworrey headed wide early on, but in an opening thirty minute spell in which they largely dominated, the Glovers were unlucky not to take the lead when Ben Nugent's nod back across goal from a set piece saw Kieffer Moore heading the ball towards the net from close range, only to be denied by an impressive bit of anticipation from home keeper Thomas Lee, who didn't know an awful lot about the save, but got his body in the way, knowing the header was coming.
Chesterfield had a number of half chances that fizzed across the face of the box as well as one penalty appeal for handball that was waved away, but largely didn't worry Jed Steer too much in the first half. However, they began to even the game out over time during the half, notably when Kieffer Moore seemed to stop his early game running, presumably having realised his hamstring wasn't quite right. He was taken off just 35 minutes into the half, kicking the fourth official's chair in frustration as he left the field and went down the tunnel, doubtless for even more time on the treatment table.
The finish to the first half and the start of the second was pretty much the same - Chesterfield on top, albeit without creating a glut of chances. When they did manage to create something, it was top scorer Eoin Doyle against new Yeovil goalkeeper Jed Steer, and on both occasions either side of half time, Steer won, parrying the ball to safety.
During the second half, Jordy Hiwula cut an isolated figure, as the Glovers kept ten men behind the ball to snuff out what was a dominant Chesterfield performance. However, the Spireites struggled to get behind the Yeovil back line, and it was actually Yeovil who almost bagged the winner, with Hiwula's run through the centre of the park being crudely ended by home keeper Thomas Lee who took the Manchester City loanee out, outside his penalty box. An obvious yellow card, but referee Oliver Langford declined to take more harsh action for the offence.
In the closing stages, a Chesterfield near post corner gave them their nearest chance of victory, with a deflection sending the ball goalbound. Jed Steer bravely flung himself at his near post to keep the ball out and to preserve the clean sheet - the first time the club have managed to do so on their travels this season, and only the second occasion they've done so across all competitions. On that count, the new recruits, along with Ben Nugent and Liam Davis, deserve significant praise, with Steer outstanding and Arthurworrey putting in a strong debut. There was probably a bit of work needed at the other end of the park, where chances were not as frequent as anyone would want them to be, but as a defensive performance, and in terms of the effort put in by the players, it was not to be sniffed at.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 0.
Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 8. James Berrett 17. Joel Grant
13. Kieffer Moore
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter (74 mins for Joel Grant) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 25. Jordy Hiwula (35 mins for Kieffer Moore)
1. Tommy Lee 2. Tendayi Darikwa 16. Charlie Raglan 29. Georg Margreitter 3. Daniel Jones 5. Sam Morsy 6. Oscar Gobern 7. Dan Gardner 24. Oliver Banks 12. Samuel Clucas 17. Eoin Doyle
8. Jimmy Ryan (81 mins for Oscar Gobern) 10. Jay O'Shea (61 mins for Dan Gardner) 15. Ritchie Humphreys 18. Romuald Boco 26. Daniel Johnson (62 mins for Oliver Banks) 28. Gboly Ariyibi 30. Connor Hunt
Chesterfield Bookings: Tendayi Darikwa (15 mins, foul), Thomas Lee (86 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Chesterfield Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistant Referees: Matthew Bristow (Manchester) and Peter Gooch (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Michael D'aguilar (Staffordshire).
Attendance: 6,462 (with 188 Yeovil supporters).