Fleetwood 0 Chesterfield 1

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley

Fleetwood Town couldn’t make two golden chances count as they went down 1-0 to rivals Chesterfield.

The two sides have a rivalry built up over the last four seasons.

And despite a change at the top in Derbyshire - Paul Cook departing for Portsmouth in the summer - the Spireites maintained the upper hand.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake claimed the winner, stabbing home from barely a yard after Dionotan Teixeira deflected a cross onto his own bar.

Before that Jamie Proctor should have put the hosts ahead.

He released David Ball down the Fleetwood left, the forward cutting in and blasting at Tommy Lee who struggled to hold on to the shot.

Proctor was finishing from point-blank range but somehow managed to find the wrong side of the upright.

Town had made a bright start but lost the intensity to their game as the first half progressed, punished just after the half hour.

The recovery was admirable but lacking in bite - decision making in the midfield too often poor, the final ball not asking enough questions of the visitors.

One quality moment should have yielded an equaliser, Nick Haughton’s curling cross a beauty, met by the head of Declan McManus, the Scot unable to sneak the ball under the bar.

Town drop back into the relegation zone as a result of the defeat - next weekend’s FA Cup clash a welcome break from the grind of league action and a chance for Pressley’s men to play without the weight of expectation.