Excellent Roberts earns win
Last Updated: 30/08/14 7:20pm
Gary Roberts; Man of the match
Gary Roberts made one goal and scored the other as he masterminded a deserved 2-1 victory for Chesterfield at Port Vale.
The visitors dominated most of the early play and took the lead in the ninth minute when Eoin Doyle kneed in the rebound from four yards after Roberts' shot had came back off a post.
Tom Pope struck the outside of a post as Vale attempted to fight their way back and the home side levelled against the run of play five minutes before the break.
Mark Marshall burst into the Chesterfield box from the right flank and smashed an angled drive high inside visiting goalkeeper Tommy Lee's left-hand post from 14 yards.
Vale should have gone ahead just two minutes later when Pope's cushioned header dropped perfectly for Chris Lines, who miscued with the goal at his mercy.
But Chesterfield were back in front just 16 seconds into the second period. Roberts mesmerised Ryan McGivern before placing an angled left-footed shot which clipped the inside of the far post on its way in.
Colin Daniel forced a fine save from Lee before former Vale midfielder Sam Morsy retaliated when he rattled the crossbar from 30 yards.
Chesterfield were reduced to 10 men for the final seven minutes after Ian Evatt was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 30th Aug
Colchester1 - 3Peterboro
Doncaster0 - 2Oldham
Fleetwood1 - 1Leyton Or
Gillingham2 - 0Crewe
MK Dons2 - 0Crawley
Port Vale1 - 2Chesterfld
Preston1 - 1Sheff Utd
Rochdale0 - 2Bradford
Scunthrpe2 - 1Walsall
Swindon1 - 1Coventry
Yeovil1 - 1Barnsley
Sky Bet League 1
|3||Milton Keynes Dons||26||52|
|4||Preston North End||26||47|