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Morsy adds another pre-season strike against Aston Villa
After Sam Morsy hit two goals in Saturday’s 2-2 pre-season draw with Leeds United, the Egypt-eligible midfielder once again got in on the goal-scoring act with another against Aston Villa as Chesterfield rounded off their pre-season with a win over Premier League opponents.
Against a young Villa side, Paul Cook’s Chesterfield were impressive in an entertaining encounter at the ProAct Stadium, with goals from Tenadyi Darikwa, Sam Hird and one from Morsy ensuring a morale-boosting 3-1 victory.
Playing behind Gary Roberts in a 3-man midfield, Morsy and the evergreen Ritchie Humphreys gave a typically strong midfield base from which Chesterfield were allowed to take a grip on the game. The duo also combined to force a superb stop from Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a long range strike as the Spireites pressed for goals.
Villa boss Paul Lambert made changes at half-time and his introduction of Jack Grealish and Charles N’Zogbia, plus Cook’s withdrawal of Humphreys for winger Jay O’Shea, disrupted Chesterfield’s rhythm. N’Zogbia was allowed to break and set-up Grealish to halve the 2 goal lead the home side took in at half-time.
Morsy however would get the last say in the game, marching on to a pass from Eoin Doyle to slot coolly into the top corner for his third goal in two matches. His new found goal-scoring touch will come as a bonus to Cook who saw his energetic midfielder swoop the club’s Player of the Year award for his combative, yet ever-maturing displays in the Chesterfield engine room.
An improved goals return will add yet another impressive attribute as the 23 year old grows into an exciting box-to-box midfielder. Morsy has aimed to add more goals to his game since his days at Port Vale and has previously realised the need to provide an attacking threat, now he is doing just that as Chesterfield target survival in their first season back in League One.
Chesterfield’s focus now turns to the season’s opener with Leyton Orient and with their talented young midfielder tied down to a new contract and entering the season in fine form, there is no reason why the Spireites can’t go and cause an upset at Brisbane Road next weekend.
– By Adam Gray