9:40am Monday 23rd September 2013
By David Pritchard
TOM Newey thought Oxford United got what they deserved as their unbeaten run ended.
Leaders Chesterfield won the game through Ritchie Humph-reys’s volley, but they carved out a host of other chances to win the game more comfortably.
United had a promising spell before the goal, but their hopes were hit by a straight red card for Andy Whing in the second half.
Deane Smalley hit the woodwork in the closing stages, but Newey felt it would have been an injustice to take something from the game.
He said: “We would have been lucky to nick something.
“We hit the post and if that goes the other side and goes in we would have had a draw which wouldn’t have been fair.
“I don’t think we started the game well at all and we couldn’t get a foothold in the game. “We were always chasing it I felt, and they controlled it very well.”
The left back was especially disappointed in the way United were unable to execute their plan to combat the Spireites.
“From the performance as a whole, you could say we were nearly there, but we weren’t quite on the front foot,” he said.
“We had worked all week at pressing them and getting in their face and it just didn’t come off.
“For whatever reason as a team we didn’t turn it up to our maximum or anywhere near it.
“They pass the ball very well. We were caught in between two stools where we couldn’t really get close to them.”
The victory preserved Chesterfield’s four-point lead at the top as the title favourites continue to live up to their billing.
Newey added: “They are the best team we have played.
“I’ve been at this level for a few years and you see when teams are recruiting in the summer.
“They always looked strong. People thought Portsmouth were going to be up there, but I always thought Chesterfield would be having played with a few of the lads who are there.”
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