Blades too sharp for Spireites
Ched Evans scored a hat-trick as Sheffield United reclaimed second spot in League One with a 4-1 win over Chesterfield at Bramall Lane.
Last Updated: 28/03/12 10:42pm
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 Evans scored three times in the second half to take his tally for the season to 30.
United's Matt Lowton had the first real chance of the game, 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.