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Fans demand action taken against Chesterfield after spotting off-the-ball incident

Fans demand action taken against Chesterfield after spotting an off-the-ball incident in the game against Woking on Tuesday night.

Footage has been uploaded to social media a few days after the Cardinals strolled to a 3-1 National League victory at the Kingfield Stadium in midweek.

Viewers watching the game back has alleged that Tom Champion of Woking was stamped on whilst teammate George Oakley was injured by a different Spireites player.

This off-the-ball incident was missed by the officials, with some accusing one Chesterfield player to have hit Tom Champion in the head before stamping.

Take a look at what fans had to say on it below…

@1887Cardinals: Not sure of the process but if we have the chance to submit it to the disciplinary panel we certainly should

@harry_w_1995: No way they take their side or dismiss this

@AdamHerriott: Watching the highlights at lunch yesterday, they were lucky to finish the game with 7 or 8 on the pitch let alone 11

@ITKNonLeague: I had to be held back by stewards after the one. Furious. Disgusting challenge. James Rowe and his bunch of thugs will get what’s coming to them, in the form of dropping down the table and being sacked.

@samf765: They were a disgrace the entire game. That one on Casey was awful.

@eelsnikta: @TheVanaramaNL have you seen this? Gonna do anything about it? I very much doubt it as usual

@jcollyer48: He was punched from behind. Saw it on the night

@Mattpie95: Chesterfield playing dirty? Imagine my shock

@thetomlaw11: That’s literally assault 😂

@ExileToffee: They were an absolute bunch of thugs. Their supporters, who I thought were decent and in decent numbers, deserve better than that shower.

@NoakesyKLTFC_F1: That’s assault if ever I’ve seen it. Morias got sent off for doing same v Southend, it’s a joke this went unpunished

@WillB_2003: Dirty team Chesterfield, hope they finish outside top 7 with that “style of play”


Tahvon Campbell found the net twice in the second half with Woking coming from behind to win 3-1 and hand a first National League defeat of the season on Chesterfield.

The Spireites, who had picked up two wins in their last three games, opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Saidou Khan put in a long-range effort over the keeper from inside his own half.

Woking responded and, following a scrappy goal from a corner was ruled out for a foul, Chesterfield stopper Scott Loach had to make a numbers of smart saves before defender Joe McNerney crashed a header off the woodwork just before the break.

The Surrey based club, who had lost successive league games, got back on level terms in the 64th minute when Campbell managed to put the ball past Loach, who got a hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

Khan sent a good chance wide before Campbell struck again with a low drive in the 87th minute, and Inih Effiong knocked in a late third to earn Woking’s first home win of the campaign.

Woking assistant manager Ian Dyer said they ‘thoroughly deserved’ their vicotry against Chesterfield and that the scoreline was a ‘fair reflection’ of the game.

“It is an incredible feeling, not just the result, but the manner in the way we have performed tonight, especially in the second-half,” Dyer said.

“I can’t give the boys enough credit, I am absolutely chuffed for them that we have produced that performance tonight.

“It was thoroughly deserved and I think 3-1 is probably a fair reflection on the game as a whole.

“The lads have done everything that was asked of them and it was a fantastic performance.

“We knew Chesterfield’s threat, they are a good side and they are going to be right up there for the title this season, I am sure of that.

“We knew we had to tighten up a bit more defensively and I think that played a part early on, we were probably a bit too deep and could not get our passing going.

“Credit to Chesterfield, they are a good side and they pinned us in, they probably had the better of the first 20 minutes but after that and we started to get some confidence and territory we looked an excellent side.

“We were probably the more dominant side in the second 20 minutes of the first-half and then the message in the second-half was to come out on the front-foot.”

On Khan’s goal for Chesterfield, he added: “It was a freak goal, it shook us, it has gone in wind-assisted from about 55-60-yards and sometimes you can’t legislate for that but the players did not let their heads drop.

“The second-half, probably in our time at the club, is one of the best 45 minutes since we have been at the club.

“It was an incredible night all-round.”

James Rowe is confident Chesterfield will bounce back from their first defeat of the season.

“I need to reflect on the manner of the defeat tonight, to concede three in a half is not acceptable,” Rowe said.

“Physically they beat us up, they won it physically, not technically.

“In the second-half we were nowhere near the races, we did not get going.

“We have set our standards higher than that, in the second-half we did not meet those standards and when you come away from home in the National League and you are not at the races physically, you get unstuck.

“What comes as a surprise is that we made subs on Saturday in a good position and you concede two. And you make subs again today and you concede another two so I need some reflection time. I need to think about what has happened there, it was not good enough.

“We have got to take our medicine because the best team won.”

“In the first quarter of the game we were excellent, it was a good away performance, got the goal,” Rowe explained.

“They (Woking) stepped it up with five minutes to go, created a bit of pressure and we did not deal with first and second contacts well enough.

“We got in at half-time unscathed, probably deserved, I think, I know they hit the crossbar but as the away side I think we had done enough to be in the lead at half-time.

“We never really regained our momentum again, we did not make enough passes, our shape looked a bit off on turnover as well, we were not so good on the second barrier tonight.

“But, having said that, at the start of the second-half I was on the bench thinking not a lot has happened in that period apart from they had a lot of set-plays.”

Tahvon Campbell took advantage of an error by Jamie Grimes to equalise before grabbing his second on 87 minutes. Inih Effiong added a third two minutes later.

Rowe added: “It was a really bad mistake for their first goal, you can’t let it bounce twice and then get bullied like that. Scott (Loach) has got to do better with the shot but he has kept us in it in the first-half so I am not going to single him out, he has made some great saves in the last two weeks.

“What is disappointing is the second goal was a gamble again from Calvin (Miller) but I’m not going to throw him under the bus because there were two more chances to clear it.

“It is disappointing defensively, however, the momentum was with Woking before the 85th minute goal.

“We need to do better with the ball to have passages of play away from home. Players were playing too long, they don’t train like that so I don’t know why they were doing it today.”

“We are allowed to lose a game, we have lost one in nine, we get a bit of a mini break now and we set our stall out for Wrexham and make sure we get to those standards because we need those standards if we are to get to where we want to,” the manager added.

When asked if he was confident he would get a reaction at the Racecourse Ground next week, he added: “Why wouldn’t I be confident? The form has been good in general since I have been here for 10 months and this season. We have lost one in nine. We have collected 18 points from nine games so that is two points a game.”

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