Gary Jones' equaliser rescued a point for Rochdale against Chesterfield.

The Spireites went ahead after Craig Westcarr's shot from the edge of the area was deflected past Dale keeper David Lucas by Neal Trotman.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro missed a great chance for the hosts, blasting wildly into the side netting when put clean through on goal by Andrew Tutte.

Leon Clarke fired over the crossbar for the visitors, before Jones struck Reece Gray's pass past Greg Fleming.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Steve Eyre told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I think it was a fair draw in the end. I wouldn't say I was pleased but I'm satisfied with it.

"Reece sparked us off I think and thankfully he found the perfect weight of pass for Gary Jones.

"We've stumbled across 4-4-2 since the Bury game. That's one defeat in six for us, and it's a good way for us."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Rochdale

  • 23 Lucas
  • 02 Darby
  • 04 Holness
  • 05 Trotman
  • 12 Balkestein
  • 06 Barry-Murphy (Gray - 68' )
  • 08 Jones Booked
  • 10 Grimes
  • 16 Tutte
  • 24 Eccleston (Kennedy - 79' )
  • 26 Akpa Akpro (Adams - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Kean
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 11 Adams
  • 25 Benali
  • 28 Gray

Chesterfield

  • 13 Fleming
  • 05 Holden
  • 15 Downes
  • 22 Grounds
  • 28 Smith
  • 10 Whitaker (Clay - 88' )
  • 18 Johnson
  • 09 Westcarr
  • 16 Mendy
  • 25 Talbot
  • 31 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 07 Allott
  • 23 Randall
  • 24 Clay
  • 17 Morgan
  • 21 Bowery
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 2,494

Match Stats

Shots

10 15

On target

5 8

Corners

2 9

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:55

Jonathan Grounds produces a cross, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Lee Johnson. Dean Holden produces a cross.

88:36

Lee Johnson takes the inswinging corner, David Lucas makes a save.

88:30

A cross is delivered by Craig Westcarr, clearance made by Gary Jones.

87:31 Substitution

Substitution Craig Clay is brought on as a substitute for Danny Whitaker.

87:31

Long range effort by Andrew Tutte goes wide right of the target.

87:04

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Greg Fleming makes a save.

86:19

The ball is crossed by Drew Talbot, Marcus Holness manages to make a clearance.

85:16

Lee Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Jones. Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick.

84:45

The ball is crossed by Jonathan Grounds.

84:37

The ball is swung over by Nathan Smith.

83:44

Nicky Adams delivers the ball, Drew Talbot gets a block in.

83:32

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Grounds, clearance made by Pim Balkestein.

83:14

The ball is delivered by Drew Talbot, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

82:33

Noel Alexandre Mendy delivers the ball, Neal Trotman makes a clearance. Danny Whitaker takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Neal Trotman.

82:10

Nicky Adams is caught offside. Aaron Downes restarts play with the free kick.

81:28

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Whitaker from the right by-line, Aaron Downes takes a shot. Marcus Holness gets a block in.

80:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Reece Gray on Lee Johnson. Lee Johnson takes the direct free kick.

77:47 Substitution

Substitution Jason Kennedy on for Nathan Eccleston.

77:47

Shot from just outside the area by Nathan Eccleston misses to the left of the target.

75:10

Centre by Noel Alexandre Mendy, Nathan Smith takes a shot. Save made by David Lucas.

73:24

Assist by Reece Gray.

73:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Jones - Rochdale 1 - 1 Chesterfld Gary Jones finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 1-1 Chesterfield.

72:38

Nathan Smith sends in a cross, save by David Lucas.

71:08

The ball is sent over by Leon Clarke, Close range shot by Craig Westcarr clears the bar.

68:57

Drew Talbot fouled by Reece Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Westcarr. Craig Westcarr crosses the ball, Leon Clarke challenges David Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

67:17 Substitution

Substitution Reece Gray comes on in place of Brian Barry-Murphy.

66:38

Shot by Danny Whitaker from outside the box goes high over the target.

66:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Smith by Neal Trotman. Jonathan Grounds takes the free kick.

64:30

Craig Westcarr has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

62:32

A cross is delivered by Craig Westcarr, Shot from just outside the box by Danny Whitaker misses to the right of the goal.

62:08

Craig Westcarr sends in a cross, clearance made by Marcus Holness.

61:28

Lee Johnson is ruled offside. David Lucas takes the free kick.

61:04

Unfair challenge on Gary Jones by Noel Alexandre Mendy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy.

60:39

Pim Balkestein takes a shot. Save made by Greg Fleming.

59:09

Andrew Tutte challenges Greg Fleming unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Fleming takes the free kick.

54:27

Effort from deep inside the area by Leon Clarke clears the bar.

54:08

Ashley Grimes is caught offside. Free kick taken by Aaron Downes.

53:09

Foul by Jonathan Grounds on Nathan Eccleston, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy, Aaron Downes makes a clearance.

51:53

The ball is swung over by Stephen Darby.

51:21

A cross is delivered by Brian Barry-Murphy, clearance made by Aaron Downes.

50:45

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams played to the near post, Craig Westcarr manages to make a clearance.

50:20

Nicky Adams crosses the ball, clearance made by Dean Holden.

47:40

Foul by Gary Jones on Lee Johnson, free kick awarded. Jonathan Grounds takes the indirect free kick.

46:35

The ball is swung over by Drew Talbot, Pim Balkestein makes a clearance. Corner taken by Danny Whitaker played to the near post, clearance by Brian Barry-Murphy.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Adams.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:53

Craig Westcarr delivers the ball, Leon Clarke takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.

44:29

Free kick taken by Jonathan Grounds.

44:29 Booking

Booking Gary Jones booked for unsporting behaviour.

44:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Johnson by Gary Jones.

41:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Barry-Murphy on Noel Alexandre Mendy. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jonathan Grounds, save made by David Lucas.

39:10

Shot from inside the area by Nathan Eccleston clears the bar.

38:00

Brian Barry-Murphy takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Greg Fleming makes a save. Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Blocked by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

35:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Westcarr - Rochdale 0 - 1 Chesterfld Craig Westcarr finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-1 Chesterfield.

35:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Clarke by Neal Trotman. Jonathan Grounds delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

34:56

The ball is swung over by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, save by Greg Fleming.

30:56

The ball is sent over by Nathan Smith, Effort on goal by Leon Clarke from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

30:22

Drew Talbot sends in a cross, clearance made by Neal Trotman.

29:21

Corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the right by-line, save made by David Lucas.

29:03

The ball is crossed by Craig Westcarr, Leon Clarke takes a shot. Neal Trotman gets a block in.

27:27

Marcus Holness fouled by Noel Alexandre Mendy, the ref awards a free kick. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

25:22

Noel Alexandre Mendy takes a shot. Brian Barry-Murphy gets a block in. Danny Whitaker takes the inswinging corner, Brian Barry-Murphy manages to make a clearance.

24:35

Noel Alexandre Mendy crosses the ball, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

23:37

Pim Balkestein sends in a cross.

23:13

Brian Barry-Murphy fouled by Leon Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the direct free kick.

21:42

Nathan Smith crosses the ball, blocked by Andrew Tutte. Short corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the left by-line. Lee Johnson takes a shot. Gary Jones gets a block in.

20:20

Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Neal Trotman. Free kick taken by Stephen Darby.

19:47

Nathan Eccleston takes a shot. Aaron Downes gets a block in. Nathan Eccleston has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

16:11

Leon Clarke handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Barry-Murphy. Effort from deep inside the area by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro misses to the right of the goal.

11:34

Nathan Smith produces a cross, Pim Balkestein manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Whitaker to the near post, Noel Alexandre Mendy produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

10:22

Pim Balkestein crosses the ball.

9:09

Jonathan Grounds delivers the ball. The assistant referee flags for offside against Leon Clarke. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

8:20

Noel Alexandre Mendy crosses the ball, clearance made by Pim Balkestein.

7:06

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Grounds, Andrew Tutte manages to make a clearance.

6:54

Craig Westcarr crosses the ball, clearance made by Brian Barry-Murphy.

4:14

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Grounds, Danny Whitaker takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Tutte.

3:58

Noel Alexandre Mendy sends in a cross.

3:25

Noel Alexandre Mendy sends in a cross, Marcus Holness manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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