Chesterfield's run ends at Ipswich
Chesterfield finally bowed out of this year's FA Cup following defeat against
Championship side Ipswich.
The League Two club - given a reprieve after being eliminated by Droylsden
- were well beaten in the third-round tie at Portman Road, with goals from
Jon Walters, Pablo Counago and Jon Stead.
The visitors were reinstated by the Football Association last week after
the Conference North side were found to have fielded an ineligible player
in their second-round victory - settled after four games between the teams.
Ipswich made two changes following their victory over Derby last week, with
David Wright and Counago replacing Moritz Volz and Kevin Lisbie.
For the visitors, manager Lee Richardson named the same starting line-up
that played out a scoreless draw with Darlington in their last outing.
Following a cagey opening, in the first competitive meeting between the two
sides, visiting goalkeeper Tommy Lee was called into action to save bravely
at the feet of Tommy Miller.
Chesterfield's 16-goal striker Jamie Ward came close soon after with a low
drive tipped around the post by Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright.
There was a halt in play midway through the first half as referee Keith Hill
limped out of action, to be replaced by fourth official Gary Sutton.
Jamie Winter hit a 30-yard free-kick well over the crossbar for Chesterfield,
while Ward fired wide as he tried to lob Wright with an audacious 40-yard
Winger Danny Haynes came off the bench on the half-hour mark, replacing a
limping Miller, and immediately injected some pace into the home side.
Counago fired just over following a sharp turn inside the box, while Haynes
stung the hands of Lee with a cross-shot.
Ipswich broke the deadlock after 50 minutes via a Walters penalty, after
Chesterfield full-back Phil Picken was adjudged to have handled an Alan Quinn
The visitors had a great chance to level straight from the restart as Wright
saved a close-range effort from Lloyd Kerry, following a scramble in the box.
Ward went down under a challenge from Ivan Campo as the ball broke loose
but the visitors' penalty appeals were ignored.
In a frenetic opening to the second half, Ipswich then doubled their lead
through Counago after 53 minutes.
The Spaniard guided the ball home after Quinn knocked down a Haynes cross.
Substitute Stead, on for Quinn in the 60th minute, went close to extending
Ipswich's advantage but his curling shot was palmed away by Lee.
Chesterfield nearly halved the deficit on 73 minutes but Kerry's diving header
from a Ward cross was well saved by Wright.
However, Stead put the tie out of their reach after 89 minutes, driving in
a Walters knockdown from close range.