Superb Jalal; Two wins from two for Pemberton; Denton's confidence;- seven talking points from Chesterfield's victory at Eastleigh

Chesterfield secured a vital away win at Eastleigh thanks to second-half goals from Tom Denton and Jonathan Smith.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 12:57 pm

Here are the main talking points from the game:

Shwan Jalal

The Spireites goalkeeper has been putting in some top performances in the last month and he has particularly excelled in the wins over Sutton United and Eastleigh with two clean sheets. Against Eastleigh he made three superb saves in the second-half and claimed a number of crosses and corners to take the pressure off the defence. Town will need him to stay clear of injuries.

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3-5-2

Pemberton went with a back three and two wing-backs which was a little suprising given they played four in defence against Sutton. After the game Pemberton said he opted for a change in formation to stop Eastleigh putting crosses into the box. The Spireites looked a bit uncomfortable with the system in the opening 20 minutes but appeared to get a grip of it from that point onwards.

Jordan Cropper

The 20-year-old right-back on loan from Burnley made his debut and put in a solid display. He got forward and put some in good crosses and has a long throw which should prove to be a useful weapon.

Jonathan Smith celebrates making it 2-0 to Chesterfield.

Jamie Sharman

The youngster slotted into right centre-back alongside Will Evans and Haydn Hollis and he did not let himself down. He is someone who Pemberton rates highly so expect to see more of him between now and the end of the 2019/20 season.

John Pemberton

Two wins from two for the caretaker boss. The 55-year-old has certainly done himself no harm in terms of getting the job on a permanent basis.

Jonathan Smith

Two goals in two games for the midfielder. He fired the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box to make it 2-0. Another one who is growing in confidence.

Tom Denton

Admitted he was low on confidence a couple of weeks ago so his goal today will do him a world of good.

The towering forward headed in Scott Boden’s cross on 54 minutes to give Chesterfield the lead. He was excellent in helping Town defend set-pieces as well.