Read what the papers had to say on Southend United's game with Chesterfield on SaturdayHere’s what the local and national newspapers had to say on the back of Southend United late defeat at the hands of Chesterfield this weekend.
SOUTHEND ECHO -
Southend United’s stuttering form continued with a 1-0 defeat to struggling Chesterfield at Roots Hall.
David Worrall and Tyrone Barnett both wasted fine chances to score for the out of form Shrimpers.
And the missed opportunities came back to haunt Blues when Lee Novak bagged a last minute winner for the struggling Spireites.
Novak’s effort also made it just one triumph in six games for Southend.
YELLOW ADVERTISER –
The Roots Hall faithful were screaming for a spot-kick after David Mooney appeared to be tumbled by Spirerites defender Sam Hird.
However, much to the frustration of all concerned with the home side, referee Darren Drysdale waved away their appeals.
But with time running out Southend were made to pay. Banks picked Novak, and the former Huddersfield Town frontman produced a composed finish to fire the visitors ahead.
BBC SPORT –
Lee Novak scored a last-minute winner as Chesterfield beat League One play-off chasers Southend to move six points clear of the relegation zone.
David Worrall almost put Southend ahead, nodding against the post before keeper Tommy Lee saved his rebound.
Chesterfield's Ollie Banks and the hosts' Tyrone Barnett both threatened, while Southend had a penalty turned down when Sam Hird felled David Mooney.
With time running out, Banks teed up Novak to win it with a neat finish.
SKY SPORTS –
Lee Novak's last-minute winner secured Chesterfield a 1-0 victory at Southend.
The striker's cool, late finish sent Danny Wilson's side six points clear of the relegation zone.
And the effort also sent play-off pushing Southend down to 10th.
OPPOSITION VIEW –
CHESTERFIELD FC –
The game went through a scrappy period, with both teams unable to create any clear cut chances on a deteriorating Roots Hall pitch.
With just over five minute of the game remaining, the home side felt they should have had a penalty after substitute David Mooney went down in the box; but the referee waved away the protests.
The game seemed to be petering out into a well-earned point for the Spireites but in the 89th minute Novak sent the travelling faithful, and the bench, into raptures when he ran onto a Banks through ball to finish with ease past Daniel Bentley.
The Spireites held on to record their second impressive away win in a week to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
DERBYSHIRE TIMES –
Danny Wilson was full of praise for his Chesterfield players after they earned a crucial 1-0 win at Southend United on Saturday.
Lee Novak’s 89th minute winner was enough to seal the win against the promotion-chasing Shrimpers, a result that puts the Spireites six points clear of the relegation zone and up to 17th in the table.
And Wilson felt his side deserved the three points.