Steve McMahon’s side started brightly and took the lead when Murphy netted from close range following a good through ball from the impressive Martin Bullock.
Joe Kinnear’s team, with ten points from the last four league games, edged back into the contest three minutes after half time when following a good run and cross by Dean Crowe, Tony Thorpe with a great piece of control, turned and struck an equaliser past visiting keeper, Phil Barnes.
But any hopes the Bedfordshire side had of winning their third consecutive home game, after recent successes against
The prolific Murphy then sealed the points for the Tangerines with his and
In-form Blackpool move up two places into seventh place in the table, replacing the beaten Hatters, as they stretched their unbeaten league run to ten games.
Meanwhile in an extraordinary game at
The lowly Valiants, beaten in six of their previous nine games, took the lead inside two minutes, with a wonderful effort from Steve McPhee and never looked back against a strangely lack lustre Chesterfield. Mark Boyd, who scored in the defeat against Luton Town at the weekend, doubled the home side’s advantage in the tenth minute after the visitors’ keeper Ben Williams, on loan from Manchester United, could only parry a fierce shot from Steve Brooker.
The Vale supporters in a crowd of 3, 039 were still celebrating the unexpected 2-0 lead, when their favourites notched a third. McPhee found Ian Armstrong, who cut inside his marker, before unleashing a great right foot shot that flew past Williams in the Spireites goal. Four minutes later and the game was as good as over as Brooker ran through an unmanned defence and coolly placed the ball past the hapless Williams.
The shell shocked Derbyshire outfit did try to respond and managed to pull a goal back through Rob Edwards just after the half hour, and Marcus Ebdon reduced the deficit still further on the stroke of half time, to complete an amazing first period.
After the interval, Brian Horton’s side made the game completely safe in the 66th minute, as Boyd scored his second goal of an incredible evening.
Scott Murray also struck a post, and the Robins pressed the