For the third home game on the trot, Spireites lost points after conceding a last gasp goal.
Having taken a second minute lead, Chesterfield conceded in the opening moments of the second half before, in the fourth extra minute at the end a home attack was countered with a rapid break that saw substitute Jerome Binnom-Williams outpace his chasers from halfway to the box to angle in beyond Tommy Lee.
After leading and losing against Wigan Athletic and then leading and drawing against Colchester United, Dean Saunders was understandably down after the game.
The manager said: “I’m just gutted, everyone’s gutted for that to happen three times; if it happens now and again, as a manager you know you’re going to concede goals late on that will cost points and you can nick late goals and nick points.
“But to have it happen three times, especially when we had a chance at the other end, a header in the 92nd minute that could have won us the game; they shouldn’t have scored from the position we were in, it’s happening too often to us. We can talk about it and talk about it again, you either see danger or you don’t.”
Sam Hird headed his first goal of the season from a Dan Gardener corner, a score that forced the normally cautious league leaders to open things up and they created plenty of chances before the break, Lucas Akins blazing wide from their best opportunity whilst Ian Evatt had to block on the line to deny the lively Nasser El Khayati.
Gboly Ariyibi should have done better than hit the side netting with a header after a superb Gardner run and cross and at the break, Chesterfield will have been happy enough to have been ahead.
However that cushion lasted just 40 seconds after the restart; Hird’s clearance was poor, Albion gathered, El Khayati drove in and two home men on the near post were unable to combine to stop Stuart Beavon stabbing home from a couple of feet.
Albion carved out more chances and earned more corners than the hosts for most of the time after that but Akins missed another great chance and he hit the bar when positioned well whilst Hird saw a header from Dan Jones’ free-kick well saved by keeper Jon McLaughlin.
With Chesterfield creating most in the final exchanges, sub Gnanduillet saw McLoughlin’s legs block his header and, immediately before the winner, there was a big call for a foul on Jay O’Shea and as home players screamed for the decision, Burton cleared and broke to break Chesterfield hearts.
Saunders takes his confidence hit side to rock bottom crisis club Blackpool tomorrow saying: “We’ve got a chance to put things right which is good because sitting on that result affects morale and affects confidence especially conceding late goals, people start looking up to the sky and asking ‘what’s happened?’ But we just need to get back up off the floor.”
Chesterfield: Lee 6, Talbot 5, Hird 7, Evatt 6, Jones 6, Morsy 6, O’Neil 5, Gardner 7 (Simons 66, 6), O’Shea 5, Ariyibi 6, Ebanks-Blake (Gnanduillet 71). Subs (not used): Cairns, Banks, Orrell, Raglan, Herd.
Goal: Hird 2
Burton: McLaughlin 6, Edwards 6, Mousinho 7, O’Connor 7, McCrory 6, Akins 6 (Palmer 90), Weir 6, Butcher 6, Duffy 7 (Binnom-Williams 84), El Khayati 8, Beavon 6. Subs (not used): Matthews, Joachim, Naylor, Thiele, Flanagan.
Goals: Beavon 46, Binnom-Williams 90+4
Ref: David Webb (Lancashire)
Bookings: Morsy (Chesterfield), Edwards, Weir, Binnom-Williams (Burton)
Attendance: 6752 (915 from Burton)