Hull City 2 Chesterfield 3: reserves report
HULL City's reserves were taught a harsh lesson in finishing as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Chesterfield in a game where missed chances proved costly.
Having dominated the clash, the Tigers deserved to get something from the game but were eventually undone by their profligacy in front of goal.
First-half goals from Danny Emerton and Jamie Devitt had seen the Tigers hold a 2-1 lead at the break, before Chesterfield somehow forced their way back into an encounter in which they had struggled for clear-cut chances.
City hit the post three times and twice saw goals ruled out in a game where the result should have been wrapped up convincingly.
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But after a 76th-minute goal from Scott Boden added to Jacob Hazel's first-half strike, the Spireites refused to give up and found a winner through Micah Evans.
In the early stages it had all been so different as it was all City, with Jonathon Margetts and Emerton both warming the gloves of Ben Wilson before the opening goal.
Emerton's drive into the box from deep in his own half allowed him to play a neat one-two with Francis McCaffrey and his drilled shot found the top corner, despite the best efforts of a fully outstretched Wilson.
The lead didn't last long as Hazel popped up to equalise within a minute when Nathan Smith's ball into the box saw the striker find some space and dink his neat header over advancing City keeper Mark Oxley from ten yards out.
Unperturbed, City went looking for another goal and Devitt duly delivered it from the penalty spot after the driving run of left-back Conor Townsend was brought to an abrupt halt to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead at half-time.
Having seen William Aimson withdrawn at the break, City reverted to a 3-5-2 formation and the introduction of Paul McElroy at left-wing back gave City new impetus.
He was the first City player to warm Wilson's hands in the second period after his run down the left was well saved down low, as was another effort just a minute later.
Margetts could have worked the keeper harder with a header, before McCaffery's low drive proved easy. When he did get the ball in the net in the 67th minute, an offside flag halted the celebrations.
Clarkson also had the ball in the net two minutes later, but again an earlier whistle for a harsh foul on the keeper from Michael Stewart meant it counted for nothing.
With Chesterfield on the backfoot, it came as something of a surprise when they equalised through Boden following a cut-back from Craig Clay after good work from Smith moved the ball to the right.
City continued to push for a winner, but their misery was compounded from their own corner as a swift Chesterfield counter-attack found McElroy ball watching and Evans curled a neat right-footed effort past Oxley for the winner.