Vale crash to defeat against the Spireites
Two goals in the space of six minutes just before half time saw Vale crash to a third successive defeat, as Chesterfield picked up their first points of the new campaign at the Proact Stadium.
Vale were on top for much of the first half but failed to convert their chances and they were made to pay when the home side took the lead in the 38th minute when Kristian Dennis hit his third goal of the season for the Spireites.
With the home side enjoying their best spell of the game at that point it was important Vale held on until half time, but they conceded a second goal, giving themselves a mountain to climb.
Jordan Sinnott, son of former Vale boss Lee Sinnott, struck the visitors crossbar on 44 minutes. Sam Hornby saved the follow up but Sinnott drove the loose ball hard and low to double the home side’s lead.
It was to be a hard lesson to learn for Michael Brown’s side, who, had they taken their chances could have been in a completely different position, but they now had a mountain to climb.
Vale didn’t do enough in the second forty-five minutes to suggest they could grab the two goals necessary to earn themselves a point and the 833 travelling supporters, or those who were still there at the final whistle, made their feelings known at the end of the game.
With a home game against local rivals to come next weekend, questions need to be asked of the players and management alike over the next few days.
A poor performance, or more to the point, a poor result against Dave Artell’s side at the weekend will test the patience of even the die-hard fans, who were expecting much better following their opening day win at Crawley.