Blues net thrilling last gasp winner
Chesterfield 4 Accrington Stanley 3
A game strewn with errors ended with an unlikely winner.
Right-back Terrell Forbes hammered home from close range just a minute after Michael Liddle was sent-off.
The worst news of the night saw Richards stretchered off after full-time following an awkward fall in the final seconds.
Tommy Wright sent out an unchanged side following the weekend win over Wycombe Wanderers and his decision brought about some early rewards.
The opening few minutes had seen both sides give away the ball more often than they retained it so it came as no surprise when the scoring opened after a mistake. Stanley skipper Luke Joyce made a pigs-ear of a header and there to receive was Lester.
The veteran striker, just inside the box, decided against power and he subsequently lifted the ball high above Ian Dunbavin.
The crowd sensed disappointment as the ball seemed set to fly above the target but that frustration soon changed to elation as the Spireites’ hero’s delivery dropped like a stone into the back of the net. Only Lester can score like that!
That 8th minute opener was followed just 3 minutes later by a first goal from flagship summer signing Richards.
The striker has been doing everything bar score, but a Lester delivery from the right found his head at the far post, unmarked, and the 30 year-old was surrounded by his gleeful team-mates after the ball nestled in the corner of the goal.
Richards bundled the ball in from the second phase of a corner but referee Pawson thought he’d got a hand to it, so over-ruled the goal and from the next attack Stanley were back in the contest.
Charlie Barnett, an effervescent wide-man, crossed for Boco to glance a header in with 28 played.
Richards hit wide and Barnett saw Sam Hird block a shot adjacent to the post as the game continued with a high error count through to the break.
A double substitution brought almost immediate results for Accrington.
Debutant Matt Whichelow, borrowed from Watford, delivered deep from the right for Murphy to steer the ball home from close range with 58 minutes gone.
The goal came as no surprise after the visitors had dominated play since the restart. However the home side showed that they could make impact substitutions.
Tendayi Darikwa came on and 3 minutes later delivered a right wing cross for Lester to gather, turn and score from close in. Visiting boss Paul Cook was not a happy man, in the preamble leading to the goal, Lester undoubtedly used his hand to aid his control.
With 14 minutes remaining, Boco bagged his second of the night. The Benin International skipped through a static defence to shoot low from the box-edge to square things up again.
Michael Liddle was shown a straight red for a foul on Lester and just 60 seconds later, on 84, Forbes banged in his first goal in 20 months to win if for the relieved hosts.
Chesterfield: O’Donnell, Forbes, Trotman, Hird, Ridehalgh, Talbot, Atkinson (Randall 88), Togwell, Westcarr (Darikwa 63), Lester (Allott 88), Richards. Subs (not used): Wilson, Clay, Boden, Hazel.
Attendance: 4359 (90 from Accrington)
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