Date: 6th April 2015 at 10:08pm
Written by: Vital Crewe

Crewe Alexandra fell back into the relegation places with a 1-0 defeat to a Chesterfield side strengthening their own play-off claims.

Gary Roberts’ cross midway through the opening half was headed in at the far post by advanced defender Tendayi Darikwa for a fourth successive victory for the hosts.

Alex keeper Paul Rachubka earlier thwarted Gboly Ariyibi at close-range and Roberts was blocked on the follow up.

At the other end, Uche Ikpeazu drove straight at Tommy Lee and Lauri Dalla Valle was also denied a couple of minutes later.

But the Spireites forged in front through Darikwa’s header as the half-hour approached, while Roberts then had a driven attempted diverted behind.

Chesterfield could have extended their advantage following the interval as Jay O’Shea – recalled after his rapid brace as a substitute at Yeovil Town in the last game – struck the woodwork.

Home striker Sam Clucas later had a shot deflected over as his colleagues remained on top while the visitors were restricted to relying on the break.

Chesterfield: Lee, Talbot, Evatt, Hird, Darikwa, Ryan, Morsy, Ariyibi (Gardner 73), Roberts (Humphreys 90), O’Shea, Clucas

subs (unused): Flatt, Raglan, Banks, Harrison, Gnanduillet

Goals: Darikwa (26)

Crewe Alexandra: Rachubka, Davis, Tate, Leigh, Turton, Atkinson, Jones (Colclough 65), Ness, Inman (Haber 89), Dalla Valle, Ikpeazu (Ajose 73)

subs (unused): Guthrie, Ray, Stewart, Nolan

Ref: K. Johnson

Att: 6,942

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