Chesterfield 1-2 Stanley Player Ratings: Super Sean

After a pulsating afternoon, Accrington Stanley beat 10-man Chesterfield 2-1 thanks to goals from Billy Kee and Mallik Wilks. Here’s six key talking points from an enthralling game.

Chesterfield

Joe Anyon – made some good reflex saves in the first half, denying McConville on a couple of occassions. Beaten by two good strikes in the second half. 7

Scott Wiseman – made one or two marauding runs, kept it simple in possession. Did not do too much wrong for either goal. Got into a heated confrontation with fans at the end which at least shows an element of passion. 7
Sam Hird – made one last-ditch challenge to deny Jackson and generally played on a safety first basis. 6
Zak Jules – often bailed Kellett out of trouble defensively in the first half. Being ultra-critical, he might have closed down a little quicker for the goals. 6

Bradley Barry – overlapped well in the first 60 minutes and was Chesterfield’s best player until his sending off. His challenge was arguably firm but fair and perhaps didn’t merit a red card. 7
Louis Reed – had his quiet spells but at his best he showed good movement into wide areas and picked some nice passes. 6
Robbie Weir – something of a sideways pass merchant. Chesterfield looked more dynamic when he was replaced by Sinnott. 4
Andy Kellett – suspect defensively in the first half and did not provide any width to make up for that. More of a threat early in the second half and put some teasing balls in, but didn’t offer enough aside from that 15-minute spell. 4

Jordan Flores – got into some goalscoring positions in the first half, but did not make the most of his half-chances, nor did he provide the creativity one might have hoped. 4
Diego De Girolamo – carried the ball forward with some winding runs, but his decision making could have been better. 5
Krystian Dennis – won and scored the penalty and was a willing runner, but didn’t give Chesterfield the threat they needed up top until O’Grady came on. Struggled to occupy both centre-backs. 4

Chris O’Grady (on 73) – caused problems with his physical presence and made a marked difference to the way the team played despite the man disadvantage. 8
Jordan Sinnott (on 73) – looked full of energy. Possibly deserves more game time. 7

Accrington Stanley

Aaron Chapman – his distribution was a little on the slow side, especially when Chesterfield wing-backs were far up the pitch he missed opportunities to start breakaways. Only beaten by a penalty though. 5

Janoi Donacien – had an excellent first half in which he got forward effectively, but struggled to handle Kellett’s runs shortly after the interval. 5
Farrend Rawson – made a good last-ditch intervention to deny Dennis early on and looked solid all game. 8
Mark Hughes – made some good back-post clearances and did the simple things well. Quietly effective. 9
Jordan Thornily – had a tough first hour, struggling to handle Barry. Taken off in the latter stages. 3

Jordan Clark – didn’t get on the ball consistently, but when he did he looked bright, skill and inventive. Key to the pressure in the first 10 minutes. 7
Seamus Conneely – called the shots early on but waned in influence midway through the game, giving away the penalty for the equalizer. 5
Liam Nolan – didn’t offer too much going forward due to the number of attacking players on the pitch, but put some good challenges in. 5
Sean McConville – involved in everything good Accrington did, set up Kee’s goal and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself, having been denied by Anyon on more than one occasion. 8

Kayden Jackson – a willing runner, but not everything came off for him, firing one shot wide and seeing another deflected away. He’s had better games so far this year. 4
Billy Kee – won a lot in the air despite his low height. Faded early in the second half but took his goal superbly, taking one touch to control the ball and another to finish decisively. 7
Tyler Hornby-Forbes (on 67) – looked hungry to get forward and join in the attack. On one occasion he shot when he could have played in Clark, but came quite close. 6
Mallik Wilks (on 82) – looked lively in his short time on the pitch, which was enough for him to score a sumptuous winner curled into the bottom corner. 9