No disgrace in defeat to table-topping Chesterfield

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Wycombe Wanderers suffered their first defeat in seven games on Saturday, as Chesterfield moved top of League Two with victory at Adams Park. 

In a game dominated by the home side, looking to win their fifth successive game, Craig Davies gave the visiting Spirerites the lead against the run of play. A simple cross from Drew Talbot was headed home by the unmarked Davies giving Bull no chance in the Blues goal. 

Despite the set-back Wycombe continued to play the better football but failed to find an equaliser as half time approached. 

Wycombe piled on more pressure in the second half and came close to a leveller through Lewis Montrose. The midfielder has found the net twice from range this season, but his 25 yard strike was denied by a fingertip save from Tommy Lee in the Chesterfield goal. 

The Chairboys were soon rewarded with a deserved equalising goal as Ben Strevens smashed home his first league goal of the season, converting a loose ball after Chesterfield failed to clear their lines from a Matt Bloomfield corner. The relief was clear to see as Strevens fell to his knees in delight, reliving some pressure on himself and the team. 

The sides did not remain level for long however, and it was Chesterfield who found the winning goal in the 73rd minute. Craig Davies latched onto substitute Jack Lester’s deflected through ball to poke the ball past the onrushing Bull, to complete a simple double. 

There was still time for Davis to come close to marking Chesterfield’s move to top with a hat trick, but his 20 yard effort struck the cross bar. 

The final whistle came and the Chairboys second home defeat of the season was confirmed. Experienced defender Chris Westwood was at a loss to explain how the Chairboys were defeated, with the away side having just three shots on target, but was philosophical about the result. 

"In the dressing room we were all looking around thinking how did we lose. Anyone who was here would have seen that we deserved to win by a country mile but it doesn't always work out like that," he said. “You have to take the good with the bad because there will be times when we don't play well and win.” 

Westwood’s sentiments mirrored those of Wycombe Manager Gary Waddock, as he too left Adams Park disappointed but not downhearted. "I thought the performance was very good and I thought we played very well," he explained. 

"They were ruthless in the chances that they had. But if we play like that in the majority of the games then we give ourselves a chance of winning football matches.” 

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