Francois Zoko scored a late winner for Carlisle as they came from behind to beat struggling Chesterfield.

The Spireites led when Drew Talbot's shot from eight yards out squirmed through keeper Adam Collin's hands and crept over the line.

Ben Parker levelled the scores on his Carlisle home debut when he headed home Jon-Paul McGovern's corner.

Zoko pounced on James Hurst's weak backpass and rounded Tommy Lee to slot home the winner from close range.

The result leaves Carlisle only outside the play-off places on goal difference, but Chesterfield remain bottom of the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"We've lost Lee Miller and we've lost Matty Robson and we've lost James Berrett at the moment, three players who've been a part of the successful start to the season.

"They're big players and they take some replacing. I tried to find the right formula.

"We just decided to change it round at half time. We went with the two up top to put them under pressure.

Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"As you can see from the game, we never looked in danger (of losing). We controlled the game.

"We probably looked like the team that was going to get the second goal, especially when Nicky (Ajose) came on.

"But we switched off from a corner and a back-pass and it's cost us. It cost us dearly.

"We've been good defensively the last few weeks, but you've got to switch on all the time against a team that's pushing for the play-offs. They're not going to give up, they're always switched on and the first goal was a real killer."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Carlisle

  • 01 Collin
  • 02 Simek
  • 06 Murphy
  • 19 Parker
  • 25 Michalik
  • 04 McGovern
  • 11 Thirlwell
  • 12 Taiwo
  • 16 Cook (Welsh - 71' )
  • 17 Noble (Madden - 46' )
  • 13 Zoko

Substitutes

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 05 Livesey
  • 07 Welsh
  • 24 Chantler
  • 10 Madden

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 Trotman
  • 03 Robertson
  • 05 Thompson
  • 12 Ridehalgh (Lowry - 87' )
  • 18 Hurst
  • 07 Allott
  • 26 Davis
  • 14 Lester (Bowery - 85' )
  • 19 Boden (Ajose - 59' )
  • 25 Talbot

Substitutes

  • 13 Fleming
  • 04 Lowry
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 11 Ajose
  • 21 Bowery
Ref: Geoff Eltrigham
Att: 4,313

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

10 6

Corners

11 1

Fouls

15 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +0:49

Francois Zoko produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

88:05

The ball is sent over by Nick Ajose, clearance made by Peter Murphy.

87:42

Francois Zoko is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

86:07

Josh Thompson takes the free kick.

86:07 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Lowry on for Liam Ridehalgh.

86:07

Unfair challenge on Jordan Bowery by Paul Thirlwell results in a free kick.

84:53 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Bowery joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Lester.

83:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Francois Zoko - Carlisle 2 - 1 Chesterfld Francois Zoko grabs a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Carlisle 2-1 Chesterfield.

82:13

Shot from 20 yards by Jack Lester. Save by Adam Collin.

81:49

Foul by Patrick Madden on Neal Trotman, free kick awarded. Tommy Lee takes the indirect free kick.

81:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Ajose on Frank Simek. Indirect free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

80:24

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh from the right by-line, Josh Thompson has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.

80:13

The ball is delivered by Nick Ajose, Peter Murphy gets a block in.

79:54

Jack Lester fouled by Peter Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Lester.

79:15

Tom Taiwo takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Trotman.

77:24

Nick Ajose is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Collin takes the indirect free kick.

76:37

The offside flag is raised against Francois Zoko. Josh Thompson restarts play with the free kick.

75:57

Ben Parker crosses the ball, Patrick Madden takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

74:39

Assist on the goal came from Jon-Paul McGovern.

74:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Parker - Carlisle 1 - 1 Chesterfld Ben Parker finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Carlisle 1-1 Chesterfield.

73:24

The ball is delivered by Andrew Welsh, Patrick Madden takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Trotman. Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern,

72:05

Centre by Andrew Welsh, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Welsh on for Jordan Cook.

69:57

Tom Taiwo concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Allott. James Hurst takes the free kick.

68:54

Jon-Paul McGovern takes the inswinging corner, Peter Murphy has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

68:42

A cross is delivered by Tom Taiwo, blocked by Neal Trotman.

67:40

Nick Ajose takes a shot. Clearance by Peter Murphy.

67:14

The ball is crossed by Frank Simek, clearance by Josh Thompson.

66:08

The referee blows for offside against Nick Ajose. Free kick taken by Adam Collin.

65:24

Paul Thirlwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Lester. Neal Trotman takes the indirect free kick.

61:50

David Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Taiwo. Adam Collin takes the indirect free kick.

60:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Davis by Paul Thirlwell. Gregor Robertson restarts play with the free kick.

60:01

The ball is sent over by James Hurst, clearance by Lubomir Michalik.

58:31 Substitution

Substitution Nick Ajose on for Scott Boden.

58:31

Jack Lester concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Murphy. Adam Collin takes the free kick.

58:24

James Hurst sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Thirlwell.

55:19

Patrick Madden takes a shot. Josh Thompson gets a block in.

54:20

Ben Parker delivers the ball.

53:46

Paul Thirlwell has a drilled shot. Blocked by Josh Thompson.

52:30

Paul Thirlwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Lester. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh from right channel, save made by Adam Collin.

51:22

A cross is delivered by Jon-Paul McGovern, clearance by Neal Trotman.

50:39

Scott Boden is ruled offside. Frank Simek takes the indirect free kick.

48:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Thirlwell on Jack Lester. Tommy Lee takes the indirect free kick.

48:20

Jon-Paul McGovern decides to take the corner short.

48:12

The ball is sent over by Francois Zoko, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

46:56

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line, Gregor Robertson manages to make a clearance.

46:29

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jon-Paul McGovern, Josh Thompson makes a clearance.

46:20

Jon-Paul McGovern delivers the ball, blocked by Liam Ridehalgh.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Liam Noble leaves the field to be replaced by Patrick Madden.

45:00 +1:36 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:26

Francois Zoko fouled by Josh Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Jon-Paul McGovern produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

43:10

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern. Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line, save made by Tommy Lee.

42:39

Liam Noble takes a shot from 25 yards.

41:52

The ball is swung over by Jon-Paul McGovern, comfortable save by Tommy Lee.

39:47

The ball is delivered by Jon-Paul McGovern, Josh Thompson manages to make a clearance.

39:04

James Hurst delivers the ball, save by Adam Collin.

37:11

Francois Zoko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Drew Talbot. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh from right wing, clearance made by Peter Murphy.

35:39

Liam Noble takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

35:06

Josh Thompson challenges Francois Zoko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Noble takes the indirect free kick.

34:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Boden. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

33:06

Liam Ridehalgh produces a cross, Adam Collin makes a comfortable save.

31:52

Jordan Cook takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Thompson.

28:44

Lubomir Michalik challenges Scott Boden unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Liam Ridehalgh from left wing, Paul Thirlwell makes a clearance.

27:06

Liam Ridehalgh produces a cross.

25:53

James Hurst gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon-Paul McGovern. Free kick crossed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Gregor Robertson manages to make a clearance.

24:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Davis on Jordan Cook. Free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

22:50

Paul Thirlwell fouled by Scott Boden, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

19:46

Scott Boden takes a shot. Adam Collin makes a comfortable save.

19:07

The ball is crossed by David Davis.

18:15

The ball is sent over by Frank Simek, clearance made by Josh Thompson.

16:59

Shot by Jack Lester from 20 yards. Blocked by Peter Murphy.

15:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Drew Talbot - Carlisle 0 - 1 Chesterfld Drew Talbot scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Carlisle 0-1 Chesterfield.

14:56

Shot by Mark Allott from 20 yards. Blocked by Lubomir Michalik.

14:13

Drew Talbot fouled by Ben Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Hurst.

13:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Hurst by Francois Zoko. Indirect free kick taken by James Hurst.

12:23

Jon-Paul McGovern takes a outswinging corner. Francois Zoko challenges James Hurst unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

11:41

Gregor Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Cook. Indirect free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

10:08

The ball is delivered by Francois Zoko, save by Tommy Lee.

9:30

A cross is delivered by James Hurst, comfortable save by Adam Collin.

8:27

Jordan Cook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridehalgh. Liam Ridehalgh takes the indirect free kick.

6:47

Outswinging corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern, Josh Thompson manages to make a clearance.

6:18

Liam Noble takes a shot. Neal Trotman gets a block in.

5:58

Jon-Paul McGovern produces a cross, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.

3:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Noble on David Davis. Neal Trotman takes the indirect free kick.

3:32

Jon-Paul McGovern takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Drew Talbot.

2:45

Outswinging corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line.

2:21

Frank Simek delivers the ball, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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