Sheffield United 4, Chesterfield 1
Relegation-threatened Chesterfield FC were unable to extend their Wembley heroics when they suffered a heavy defeat on a balmy evening at Bramall Lane.
Three days earlier, John Sheridan’s men lifted the JP Trophy but they struggled to find top gear against Sheffield United who are chasing automatic promotion to the Championship.
Leading the way for the Blades was Welsh international striker Ched Evans who netted a hat-trick, the third goal being his 30th of the season.
United took a 38th minute lead through Lee Williamson but a minute before the interval, Chesterfield were on level terms, when on-loan Belgian midfielder Franck Moussa netted his first goal for the Blues with a well-struck 25-yard shot.
Danny Wilson’s troops tightened their grip in the second half and in the 48th minute, Evans made it 2-1 from the penalty spot after being tripped by Alex Mendy.
An unmarked Evans made it 3-1 on the hour when he was able to pick his spot after taking possession of a Williamson free kick and three minutes later, a superb finish from the Welshman took the score to 4-1.
The defeat left Chesterfield nine points adrift of safety while United not only completed the double over the Blues but also leapfrogged city rivals Sheffield Wednesday to reclaim second spot in the League One table.
Sheffield United: Simonsen, Lowton, Collins, Williams, Hill, Doyle, Williamson, McDonald, Quinn (O’Halloran 82), Evans (Beattie 79), Cresswell (Hoskins 61). Subs not used: Howard, Egan.
Chesterfield: Lee, Trotman, Thompson, Hurst, Smith, Allott (Randall 69), Moussa, Westcarr (Boden 69), Mendy, Bowery (Ajose 69), Talbot . Subs not used: Ridehalgh, Whitaker.
Referee: S. Hooper .