Chesterfield came from two down to beat former hero Sean Dyche’s Burnley in a top drawer pre-season game.
On the day when the club confirmed it had accepted a bid, believed to be £1.3m, from Hull City for left sider Sam Clucas, Dean Saunders’ side recovered from an early battering to play some delightful football to enthuse their supporters, scoring an 89th minute winner to end a superb second half show.
Clucas was replaced alongside Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Jake Orrell, who reached 18 just a few days ago, and the youngster rewarded his manager’s faith by pulling a goal back after Burnley had scored through Lukas Jutkiewicz and George Boyd, who cost the Clarets well over £5m as a pairing.
After the break, as Spireites began to pile on the subs, the hosts picked up the pace and one of the replacements, Armand Gnanduillet, leveled with a stunning overhead kick and the big French born striker’s trickery saw him assist another sub, Byron Harrison, for the late winner.
Many wondered if Harrison, who was sliding in at extremely close range, managed a touch as he searched for his first home goal, but both Saunders and Gnanduillet said he’d been successful in his quest for his first Proact strike.
Saunders made just the one change, Orrell for Clucas, following the 3-1 loss against another side relegated from the Premier last season, Hull City, and for the first quarter of the game the Clarets oozed class and hardly allowed the hosts get involved.
Tommy Lee had to tip a Jutkiewicz shot onto the bar after just ten minutes before the same player scored from close range after good work from Boyd who soon had a goalbound effort scrambled off the line by Tendayi Darikwa.
Boyd didn’t have too long to wait for a goal as he stepped through a static defence to round Lee and double the Clarets’ lead.
As a hiding looked a possibility Darikwa, who some sources say could be on his way to Preston North End today, pulled back a pass into the patch of Orrell who calmly guided it home.
Ian Evatt twice went close from a corner routine before his co-defender Sam Hird was replaced by Charlie Raglan with what was described post-match as a non serious kick on the calf.
Right on half-time, Burnley threatened as Lee saved from Chesterfield born ex Blade Matty Lowton and then Ollie Banks was in the right place to block a Jutkiewicz effort crossing the line.
Orrell and Dan Gardner were replaced by Gnanduillet and Gboly Ariyibi and immediately the former’s strength and unpredictability and the latter’s pace began to cause Burnley plenty of new problems.
Dan Jones shot just wide with his right foot from range before Orrell equalised on 67, deserved reward for a Chesterfield side who then immediately afterwards introduced Mani Dieseruvwe and Ritchie Humphreys having already borough Michael Onovwigun on.
Gnanduillet then flung himself acrobatically to Darikwa’s ball in, managing to find the target, via the inside of a post, in spectacular overhead bicycle fashion.
Dieseruve tried the ruse a few minutes later but couldn’t repeat the success as the young Spireites began to toy somewhat with their loftier rivals and they started to look like they were the only side likely to win it.
Morsy, Harrison and Dieseruvwe had chances, Dieseruvwe’s goal bound shot being blocked by the unlucky Harrison who then popped up at full stretch and at close range to get a faint touch to guide Gnanduillet’s left sided ball in to confirm a deserved win.
Chesterfield: Lee, Darikwa, Hird (Raglan 39), Evatt, Jones (Humphreys 68), Gardner (Ariyibi 50), Morsy, Banks (Onovwigun 58), O’Shea (Dieseruvwe 68), Orrell (Gnanduillet 50), Ebanks-Blake (Harrison 62).
Goals: Orrell 25, Gnanduillet 67, Harrison 89.
Hull: Heaton, Lowton, Duff, Keane, Mee, Arfield, Ulvestad, Kightly (Taylor 72), Jones, Boyd, Jutkiewicz (Jackson 85).
Goals: Jutkiewicz 14, Boyd 22.