'Well deserved result' - Sutton United manager 'really pleased' with win against Chesterfield

Sutton United manager Matt Gray felt it was a ‘well deserved’ victory against Chesterfield and that his team could have won by a bigger margin.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 8:39 am

Donovan Wilson scored the only goal of the game on 35 minutes, firing low across Spireites goalkeeper Grant Smith from inside the area.

Wilson was denied by a good save by Smith before the goal, Omar Bugiel hit the post from a narrow angle and Harry Beautyman’s effort was blocked by Joel Taylor after the break.

Sutton remain top of the National League and are six points ahead of second-placed Hartlepool United.

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Sutton United manager Matt Gray (photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images).

“I felt we dominated that first half, I thought we were outstanding,” Gray said.

“We outworked them, we outran them, the organisation to press to get the ball back and to create those chances, I thought we were excellent.

“When called upon Dean Bouzanis made an excellent save but that was the only chance they have had, apart from long throws and going direct in the last 10-15 minutes which we managed to weather and see the well deserved result through.”

Chesterfield brought on another striker at half-time with Nathan Tyson replacing Tom Whelan. Gray said he expected the hosts to either change personnel or their style of play but he was pleased with how his side dealt with that threat.

“In the second half I thought we were very good as well I thought we continued where we left off,” he added.

“We had watched their previous three or four games so we knew their system, we knew what they were going to be about and we managed to deal with them well.

“They have been on a really good run and they are certainly strong at home so to come here and put in a performance like that I am really pleased.

“We certainly had chances to make it two-nil and it would probably have been deserved.

“It was a bit of a frantic game, good energy, good tempo, they have got energy and legs in their team and they are a good side.”

Chesterfield, who are now 15th in the National League and six points off the play-offs, travel to Barnet on Saturday (3pm KO).