Blackpool 1 Chesterfield 0

By Footymad Previewer
Last updated : 15 November 2003

Chesterfield crept further towards their record for away matches without a win thanks to a dismal display in a 1-0 defeat at Blackpool.

The Seasiders, under pressure to win after losing five at home already this season, simply proved the hungrier side on the day.

Spireites manager Roy McFarland was fuming with his side's performance. He said: "We did not get going in the first half and it was a poor performance all round.

"It's not that we weren't at the races, it's just that we did not work very well as a team. Our efforts improved in the second half, but we didn't create anything special and I'm very disappointed in the whole performance." The visitors never looked like scoring, even after going behind as Blackpool gradually took control of the match.

What started out as a tense midfield battle soon turned into end-to-end action with the home side proving the strongest.

Blackpool midfielder Richie Wellens went close in the first half, firing a free-kick inches wide after veteran Paul Warhurst brought down Danny Coid just outside the area.

The Spireites created the odd chance through their man of the match Chris Brandon but were constantly let down by finishing.

Wellens raced through a static Chesterfield defence on the half hour but was denied the opener by the outstretched leg of defender Steve Payne.

On 41 minutes, though, the home side found the opener which has become a hotly contested goal. Both John Murphy and Scott Taylor have claimed the goal which was a scrappy knock in amid a boxful of players.

In the second half, the Seasiders again took control relegating the visitors to the odd long range shot. The only one which looked like equalising was Brandon's long range chip in the dying minutes.

Blackpool manager Steve McMahon said: "It was a good professional performance and it was never going to be a classic. It is just good to get the result."

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