Picture gallery: Chesterfield 3 Port Vale 0

Chesterfield continued their surge on the play-offs with a comfortable 3-0 win over Port Vale at the Proact Stadium - on a day that commemorated the career of legendary striker Ernie Moss.

More than 7,000 witnessed seventh take on eighth prior to kick off but in truth the gulf between the two teams was much more on a cold and blustery January afternoon in north Derbyshire.

Chesterfield vs Port Vale -Port Vale's Michael Brown feels Gary Roberts is making the most of his challenge - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield vs Port Vale -Port Vale's Michael Brown feels Gary Roberts is making the most of his challenge - Pic By James Williamson

Armand Gnanduillet opened the scoring with a powerful header after the hosts had weathered a bright start from a Vale side, who had won three from four going in to this one under Rob Page.

The Spireites are in fine form too, unbeaten now in six games and their grip on this one was strengthened when top scorer Eoin Doyle converted from the penalty spot in the second half.

The efficient way the hosts put this contest beyond Port Vale will please manager Paul Cook, as Charlie Raglan got Chesterfield’s third - his first career goal - to maintain the pressure on Sheffield United in sixth spot.