Jimmy Ryan's stoppage time leveller for Scunthorpe denied bottom side Chesterfield a much needed victory.

The Iron took the lead when Niall Canavan headed home Michael O'Connor's corner for his first of the season.

Scott Bowden rifled in a fine equaliser for the Spireites before a bad error by home keeper Sam Johnstone left Craig Westcarr to slot into an open net.

The visitors looked set to end three months without a win but Ryan's 25 yarder left them crestfallen.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United assistant manager Chris Brass told BBC Radio Humberside:

"In the end you're happy that you've managed to show the character that we'll need between now and the end of the season to get to where we want to be.

"They were poor goals to concede. Not like Jimmy Ryan's for us where you hold your hands up and say 'good goal'.

"It's frustrating because we thought we did okay and these individual errors continue to keep on costing us so we really need to eradicate them."

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It's very disappointing and we should have won the game.

"We started really well and were nice and bright. We put them under pressure and it was there for us. Once we got ourselves into a 2-1 position we looked really comfortable.

"But to get yourself to 2-1 and come so close is soul-destroying."

Match Stats

Shots

12 15

On target

8 11

Corners

7 5

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:53 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +5:23

Shot by Michael O'Connor from a long way out goes over the target.

90:00 +4:23

Centre by Jimmy Ryan, free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Grant on Nathan Smith. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

90:00 +4:17

Andrew Wright produces a cross, clearance by Neal Trotman.

90:00 +3:49

Shot by Nathan Smith. Save by Sam Johnstone.

90:00 +3:01

The ball is crossed by Andrew Wright, save by Tommy Lee.

90:00 +2:47

Jordan Robertson has a drilled shot. Blocked by Gregor Robertson.

90:00 +1:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Jimmy Ryan - Scunthorpe 2 - 2 Chesterfld Jimmy Ryan finds the net with a goal from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 2-2 Chesterfield.

90:00 +1:24

Nathan Smith challenges Jordan Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bobby Grant delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

89:31

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Barcham. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

88:15 Substitution

Substitution (Chesterfield) makes a substitution, with Dwayne Mattis coming on for Dean Morgan.

88:15

Jimmy Ryan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

88:09

The ball is swung over by Jordan Robertson.

85:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Grant on Mark Allott. Gregor Robertson takes the direct free kick.

84:03

Foul by Jordan Robertson on Derek Niven, free kick awarded. Derek Niven takes the free kick.

82:45

A cross is delivered by Michael O'Connor, clearance made by Gregor Robertson.

82:29

Garry Thompson sends in a cross, save by Tommy Lee.

81:59

Shot by Craig Westcarr. Save made by Sam Johnstone.

81:17 Substitution

Substitution Garry Thompson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliver Norwood.

78:51

Effort on goal by Noel Alexandre Mendy from 25 yards. Save by Sam Johnstone. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Allott from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Neal Trotman misses to the right of the target.

77:00

Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael O'Connor from left wing.

77:00 Booking

Booking Noel Alexandre Mendy receives a caution.

76:45

Noel Alexandre Mendy concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Togwell.

76:21

A cross is delivered by Andy Barcham, clearance made by Neal Trotman.

74:45 Substitution

Substitution Derek Niven comes on in place of Jordan Bowery.

72:46

Right-footed shot by Jimmy Ryan went wide left of the net.

72:10

The referee blows for offside. Tommy Lee takes the indirect free kick.

71:03

Centre by Michael O'Connor.

69:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Westcarr - Scunthorpe 1 - 2 Chesterfld A goal is scored by Craig Westcarr from outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-2 Chesterfield.

68:34

Craig Westcarr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Michael O'Connor from left wing, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

68:20

Scott Boden is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Johnstone restarts play with the free kick.

66:20 Substitution

Substitution Chris Dagnall leaves the field to be replaced by Bobby Grant.

66:20

Michael O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Gregor Robertson. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

65:25

A cross is delivered by Craig Westcarr, save by Sam Johnstone.

64:49

Craig Westcarr delivers the ball, Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

63:37

Shot from 20 yards from Jimmy Ryan. Save by Tommy Lee. Corner from the left by-line taken by Michael O'Connor, free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Duffy on Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

62:24

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the right by-line, Neal Trotman takes a shot. Save by Sam Johnstone. The ball is crossed by Danny Whitaker, Header by Jordan Bowery from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

62:08

Chris Dagnall is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gregor Robertson.

61:45

Danny Whitaker takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

59:28

Danny Whitaker takes the free kick. Effort on goal by Craig Westcarr from 18 yards. Sam Togwell gets a block in. Noel Alexandre Mendy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Shane Duffy gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the left by-line.

59:28 Booking

Booking Niall Canavan goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

59:13

Niall Canavan concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Morgan.

58:42

The ball is crossed by Chris Dagnall.

57:05

Michael O'Connor sends in a cross, save by Tommy Lee.

55:55 Booking

Booking Craig Westcarr is booked.

53:45

Oliver Norwood has an effort at goal. Save by Tommy Lee. Corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor to the near post, Gregor Robertson manages to make a clearance.

53:18

A cross is delivered by Andy Barcham, Gregor Robertson makes a clearance.

53:00

Jordan Robertson sends in a cross, blocked by Neal Trotman.

52:19

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

50:47

Inswinging corner taken by Michael O'Connor, Niall Canavan produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

50:40

The ball is crossed by Andy Barcham, Gregor Robertson manages to make a clearance.

47:07

Assist by Craig Westcarr.

47:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Boden - Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Chesterfld A goal is scored by Scott Boden from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-1 Chesterfield.

46:10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dean Morgan. Indirect free kick taken by Niall Canavan.

45:56

Centre by Jordan Robertson, clearance made by Noel Alexandre Mendy.

45:23

Dean Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Duffy. Sam Johnstone takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Wright joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cliff Byrne.

45:00 +4:24 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +2:41

Jimmy Ryan produces a cross.

45:00 +1:20 Substitution

Substitution Drew Talbot goes off and Scott Boden comes on.

41:54

Chris Dagnall takes a shot. Tommy Lee makes a save.

40:44

The ball is sent over by Michael O'Connor, Andy Barcham takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

40:14

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael O'Connor, clearance by Neal Trotman.

39:35

The ball is crossed by Jordan Robertson, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

39:00

Noel Alexandre Mendy challenges Michael O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cliff Byrne takes the free kick.

37:25

Drew Talbot is caught offside. Free kick taken by Sam Johnstone.

37:01

The ball is delivered by Drew Talbot.

36:32

Cliff Byrne fouled by Dean Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Michael O'Connor takes the free kick.

33:55

Nathan Smith delivers the ball, comfortable save by Sam Johnstone.

33:20

Unfair challenge on Mark Allott by Jordan Robertson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Westcarr, Michael O'Connor makes a clearance.

32:57

Craig Westcarr produces a cross, clearance by Shane Duffy.

31:59

Jordan Bowery challenges Sam Johnstone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Johnstone takes the direct free kick.

26:57 Booking

Booking Chris Dagnall is booked.

25:53

Corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the right by-line, clearance by Jimmy Ryan.

24:58

Foul by Jimmy Ryan on Noel Alexandre Mendy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Whitaker, Michael O'Connor makes a clearance.

23:39

Assist by Michael O'Connor.

23:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall Canavan - Scunthorpe 1 - 0 Chesterfld Niall Canavan finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Scunthorpe 1-0 Chesterfield.

23:13

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael O'Connor,

21:58

Craig Westcarr has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

21:58 Booking

Booking Sam Johnstone is booked.

21:41

The referee gives a free kick against Sam Johnstone for handball. Danny Whitaker takes the free kick.

20:58

Centre by Dean Morgan.

19:44

Jordan Robertson fouled by Gregor Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Michael O'Connor from right channel, Nathan Smith makes a clearance.

19:05

Effort on goal by Dean Morgan from 18 yards. Save by Sam Johnstone.

17:38

A cross is delivered by Andy Barcham, Drew Talbot gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor played to the near post, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

14:24

The ball is crossed by Dean Morgan, Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

11:47

Nathan Smith sends in a cross, Sam Johnstone makes a save.

9:57

Unfair challenge on Jordan Bowery by Niall Canavan results in a free kick. Danny Whitaker crosses the ball, Neal Trotman takes a shot.

8:34

Dean Morgan is caught offside. Free kick taken by Sam Johnstone.

8:18

Craig Westcarr has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Niall Canavan.

8:01

A cross is delivered by Drew Talbot.

7:44

Drew Talbot delivers the ball, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

7:11

The ball is crossed by Craig Westcarr, Shane Duffy manages to make a clearance.

4:34

The ball is delivered by Oliver Norwood, save by Tommy Lee.

3:57

Jordan Robertson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Neal Trotman. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael O'Connor.

2:03

The referee gives a free kick against Sam Johnstone for handball. Danny Whitaker takes the free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Dean Morgan from the free kick, save by Sam Johnstone.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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