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Sheff Utd 4-1 Chesterfield: Report
Published : 28 Mar 2012 22:01:15
Red hot Ched too sharp for Spireites
Ched Evans hit the 30-goal mark for the season with a hat-trick in a 4-1 home win over bottom-of-the-table Chesterfield as Sheffield United reclaimed second spot in League One.
On-loan midfielder Franck Moussa quickly cancelled out Lee Williamson's opener for the Blades to send the sides into half-time level at 1-1 before Wales international Evans' second-half treble.
United's Matt Lowton had the first real chance, firing in a shot that was parried by goalkeeper Tommy Lee. Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery then tried a 20-yard shot which went wide and Josh Thompson's back-heeled effort was saved by Blades keeper Steve Simonsen.
Williamson gave the hosts a 38th-minute lead with a fine volley after Marcus Williams' cross was chested down by Richard Cresswell but Moussa equalised six minutes later, beating Simonsen with a superb strike from long range.
Evans, who had a free-kick well saved by Lee just before the break, scored from the penalty spot three minutes into the second-half after being fouled by Nathan Smith. He then ran into the area unchallenged to side-foot past Lee after Williamson rolled a free-kick into his path on the hour mark.
The striker completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute, beating Lee at his near post after surging into the box from the right-hand side.
Sheff Utd 4-1 Chesterfield: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.