JPT Final - Wembley 

Chesterfield 2-0 Swindon Town 


By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor from Wembley

 


Chesterfield enjoyed Wembley glory for the first time since 1971 as a fantastic performance saw them defy the odds and beat League Two leaders Swindon to lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Spireites had the ball in the net through Jack Lester only for Simon Ford to be adjudged offside and the goal overruled.

 An own goal by Swindon's Oliver Risser after Alex Mendy's ball across a crowded box put Chesterfield ahead before substitute Craig Westcarr sealed it in stoppage time.

After missing an open goal, Craig Westcarr made amends in injury time to seal victory for John Sheridan's men.


? DID YOU KNOW ?

Chesterfield picked up their first trophy since 1971.


After the elation of winning League Two last season, Chesterfield fans have had little to cheer about this term, with their side rooted at the bottom of League One having won just seven times in 38 games.

But the Spireites faithful were in fine voice at the full-time whistle at Wembley after they witnessed a confident, comprehensive display against League Two leaders Swindon.

Paolo di Canio - looking for his first piece of silverware as a manager - was without his Captain Paul Caddis and the Robins looked weak without him in the heart of defence.

Chesterfield had the ball in the net early doors but the offside flag was waved when Lester stabbed home after Ford's effort had clouted the bar.

Chesterfield were working really hard to close down the Swindon players and were constantly forced back, although they dominated possession they struggled to create clear-cut chances.

But Swindon found their stride, loan man Lee Holmes looking a constant threat with his blistering pace down the flank. His first chance was curled goalwards with his right foot but it took a double deflection off goalkeeper Tommy Lee, who later saved from Holmes' cross shot.

Chesterfield were dealt a massive blow when Veteran striker Jack Lester went off injured with a groin injury and struggled to get forward as Swindon continued to push for a goal. 

Their best chance came just before half-time when Paul Benson set up Alan Connell but his acrobatic volley went well wide.

The Spireites came out revitalised for the second half and made the breakthrough within seventy seconds: After some tricky work on the wing, Mendy's ball across caught out Risser and he slammed it into his won net.  

The goal left Swindon rattled and Chesterfield went on to capitalise on their opponent's new found frailty.

Mendy's overhead kick was tipped over, while a mistake by Alan McCormack let Westcarr run clear, but his weak effort went past the post.

The Robins searched tirelessly for an equaliser and almost found it but Alessandro Cibbocchi's bullet header was pushed over the bar by Lee.

But Westcarr finished the game off in injury time when he beat the offside trap, coolly slotting in to crown Chesterfield deserved champions 

 

Sunday 25th March 2012

Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Final

Wembley Stadium

 

Chesterfield 2-0 Swindon Town                           KO 12:pm               (HT 0-0)

 

 

Chesterfield:  01. Lee- 8.5/10, 18. Hurst- 8/10 (David Luiz 64- 5/10), 05. Thompson- 9/10, 06. Ford (C)- 8.5/10, 28. Smith 7.5/10, 07. Allott- 8/10, 30. Moussa- 7.5/10 (Moussa 81- 2/10), 16. Mendy- 9.5/10, 14. Lester- 5.5/10 (Westcarr 37- 8/10), 21. Bowery- 7/10 (Boden 87- 2/10), 25. Talbot- 7/10.

Subs not used:  13. Fleming, 10. Whitaker, 23. Randall.  

Booked:     Westcarr (90+4)

 

Westcarr:  35. Foderingham- 7.5/10, 02. McEveley- 5/10 (Cibocchi 71- 3/10), 05. Devra 6/10, 08. Ferry- 7.5/10, 13. Risser (C)- 4.5/10 (Murray 72- 3/10), 10. Ritchie- 6/10, 22. Holmes- 6/10, 24. Smith- 4/10 (Bostock 72- 5/10), 12. McCormack- 5/10, 09. Benson- 6.5/10 , 17. Connell- 6.5/10.

Subs not used:  26. Smith, 23. De Vita

Booked:     Connell (56)

 

My Man of the Match: Bernard Mendy (Cesterfield)- Rating 9.5/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:    James Smith (Swindon Town)- Rating 4/10


Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)- 7/10
Attendance: 46,534



Match Facts

Possession: Chesterfield- 40%           Swindon Town- 60%

Shots: Chesterfield- 8           Swindon Town- 16     

Shots on target: Chesterfield- 4           Swindon Town- 9

Shots off target: Chesterfield- 4           Swindon Town- 7

Corners: Chesterfield- 1           Swindon Town- 11

Fouls: Chesterfield- 40%           Swindon Town- 60%

Offside: Chesterfield- 4           Swindon Town- 5

Assists: Chesterfield- Lester           Swindon Town- None



 


Paolo di Canio - Swindon Town Manager

"Today we deserved to be a loser because we were all weak," Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire.

"I hope we take the humility and work hard during the week because the next game is important for us."

Click here for the full interview after the game 

Click here to hear the thoughts of own goal man Rissier


John Sheridan - Chesterfield Manager

"I'd sacrifice this afternoon to stay up," Sheridan told BBC Sport.

"If we'd have won all our games like we did in the Johnstone's Paint then we would be safe by now. I'd have taken a loss today to stay up.

"Its great for the fans and it's a trophy - I won't disrespect it. But I know where my loyalties lie."

Click here to see full interview with the victorious boss.

Click here to hear the thoughts of Craig Westcarr - who scored the winner

Click here to listen to the thoughts of Goalkeeper Tommy Lee



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