Four big talking points as Chesterfield come from goal down to beat King's Lynn Town
Two goals in a minute from substitutes Nathan Tyson and Tom Whelan secured a superb comeback win for Chesterfield against King’s Lynn Town on Saturday.
This was the Spireites’ fifth win in a row. They came out of the blocks like Usain Bolt in the opening 15 minutes with their pressing and passing very sharp. It looked like the game was a bit too easy for them and they let King’s Lynn get a foothold after that. An injury led to a change of formation for the home side and James Rowe’s men could not get to grips with it. And they paid the price for not getting an early goal when the returning Gavin Gunning bundled substitute Simeon Jackson over on the edge of the box and Sonny Carey scored the resulting free-kick, the first goal Chesterfield had conceded in five games. Lynn called for a red for Gunning but referee Daniel Lamport opted for a yellow. Town started the second-half bright again but it was a double substitution 10 minutes in that flipped this game around as Tyson and Whelan both scored within a minute of each other, both from crosses from George Carline. There had been a couple of good chances before for Gunning and Laurence Maguire so it had been coming. There was a late scare late on when a chance fell to former Spireite Alex Kiwomya but he could not take advantage.
It just shows the quality Rowe has in the squad by being able to bring on the likes of Tyson, Whelan and Jack Clarke. Tyson fired in his first of the season when he swivelled and buried the ball high into the net on 74 minutes. Whelan then showed calmness in the box to finish for his fifth goal for Chesterfield a minute later. Carline dug out crosses for both and he was my man of the match. Clarke was impressive when he came on, he took the ball in good areas, drove forward and kept possession. His contribution should not be underestimated. It is going to be a squad effort between now and the end of the season and this win proved that.
This was the first time Chesterfield had come from a goal down to win since Rowe’s first match against Weymouth back in November. They showed great belief to keep going and, as Rowe said after the game, they got their just rewards. That character could take them far.
What now for Yussuf and Dinanga?
Funnily enough, Chesterfield announced the signing of striker Kairo Mitchell, 23, from King’s Lynn before kick-off. He was not eligible to play but he was in the stand. His arrival will leave a question mark next to the names of fellow forwards Adi Yussuf and Marcus Dinanga. The pair, on loan from Blackpool and Stevenage respectively, have only managed one goal between them. Yussuf started at the Walks Stadium but had little impact and was taken off early in the second-half. With Mitchell joining and Tyson scoring, it will be interesting to see what part they play in the final period of the season.
(3-5-2) G Smith; Kerr, Gunning, Maguire; Carline, Weston, M.Smith (Whelan, 56), Mandeville (Clarke, 66), Whittle; Yussuf (Tyson 56), Asante. Unused subs: Yarney, Dinanga.