FT: Chesterfield FC 0 Yeovil Town 0

Chesterfield vs Yeovil - Charlie Raglan - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Yeovil - Charlie Raglan - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield’s winless run continued when they were held to a goalless draw at home by Yeovil Town.

The Spireites have now gone six games without victory in League One but were able to record a clean sheet - a first in 12 attempts.

Chesterfield created a handful of chances and were denied a late winner when Glovers’ keeper Jed Steer made a smart reaction save.

It is a point for Paul Cook’s Spireites which brings an end to three-game losing streak but Yeovil will leave the Proact Stadium the happier.

Dan Gardner picked up where he left off against Swindon with a neat turn to get away from Jordan Clarke. The winger, playing on the left and Sam Clucas on the right, though both were given freedom to rotate, burst in to the penalty area but couldn’t find a blue shirt with his cut back and the danger was cleared.

Yeovil had the chance to get the ball in to the box when George Margreitter gave away a needless foul on Kieffer Moore high up the pitch. A lofted delivery in to a crowded penalty area widened the eyes of those in yellow and Stephen Arthurworrey headed wide of the target. Tommy Lee watched it comfortably sail wide.

But he was called in to action moments later with a point-blank save from a well-worked set piece to deny the visitors from taking a lead. In almost a carbon copy of what had caused some discomfort for the Spireites defence previously, Ben Nugent won the first header towards Moore whose header was straight at Lee.

The referee brandished a yellow card for Tendayi Darikwa after the right-back’s mis-timed tackle on the rampaging James Berrett gave Yeovil another chance to get the ball in to the danger area. Sam Foley this time whipped a ball in to the six yard box but Lee was equal to it, punching well clear over the heads of his defenders.

Gardner demonstrated his set piece quality with two inviting centres but there were no takers and, when he got the chance to get at Liam Davis down the right flank, the winger turned him one way then the other before getting in his cross. The ball looped up off Arthurworrey’s head, bounced and seemed to hit Clarke on the arm.

The man in the middle remained unconvinced and waved Chesterfield’s appeals away, with the bench as incensed as the crowd. It looked clear cut but the Yeovil defender survived. It gave the Spireites added impetus and when Clucas was tripped on the edge of the box, Doyle’s free-kick went straight in to the wall.

Chesterfield were guilty of squandering possession on more than one occasion as they looked to pile on the pressure before the half-time whistle.

Lee had to be quick off his line to beat Kevin Dawson to the ball after a speculative through ball from Davis. The hosts were soon on the attack and Dan Jones’ determination released Clucas whose cross for Doyle was cut out by a combination of the two Yeovil central defenders from inside the six-yard box.

Gardner looked the most likely to unlock the visitors’ defence and his trickery again produced the Spireites with a sight of goal, but Clucas couldn’t get the connection he wanted and the move fizzled out. They were soon knocking on the door once more after Ollie Banks showed strength to hold off a challenge before he fed Doyle, though the cross came to nothing.

A burst from midfield from Berrett was cut out by Margreitter at the expense of a corner. Chesterfield held strong as the visitors tried to find a way through and were almost rewarded for their resolute defending when Doyle got the better of Nugent at the other end. The striker’s shot was straight at Jed Steer who pushed the ball to safety.

Sam Morsy was relishing the midfield battle and he again broke up a Yeovil move, but, instead of trying to find a team-mate, opted to shoot from the edge of the area. His shot lacked power and was blocked on the slide by a recovering Arthurworrey for a grateful Glovers defence.

The game was crying out for a goal and Doyle almost gave it when he latched on to Gardner’s slide rule pass and attempted to lift the ball over the onrushing Steer but the keeper, on loan from Aston Villa, stood tall and blocked.

The Spireites needed inspiration and Cook made a double change on the hour-mark in the hope of finding it with Jay O’Shea and Dan Johnson coming on in place of Banks and Gardner.

Yeovil, who had spent the majority of the second half camped in their own half, broke when Clarke cut out a loose ball and charged forward. Jones had got back to hold the attack up but the right-back found Berrett on the edge of the box who found half a yard but his shot lacked conviction and was never going to trouble Lee.

James Hayter, the veteran striker who made more than 300 appearances for Bournemouth, replaced Grant for the final 20 minutes as Yeovil looked to snatch something. They almost got it when a mis-placed pass on the edge of the 18 yard box presented Foley with a sight of goal, he got his shot off but Lee was equal to it.

Cook turned to Jimmy Ryan in his last throw of dice, as the midfielder replaced Oscar Gobern with ten minutes to go. Jones’ cross in to the box caused some confusion for Yeovil who just about managed to clear the danger under close attention from Clucas and Doyle.

First half substitute Jordy Hiwula got to the ball ahead of Lee, for the Chesterfield keeper to bring the attacker down, and concede a free kick just on the edge of his own box. Lee was shown a yellow card with the ball going away from goal and two blue shirts covering the goalmouth.

Spireites applied late pressure but were unable to find a way through.