Chesterfield kept their slim hopes of avoiding relegation back to League Two after one season alive by coming from behind to beat Hartlepool.

Gary Liddle turned in Ryan Noble's pass from close range to give Hartlepool a half-time lead.

Spireites substitute Danny Whitaker fired in from 18 yards to level within two minutes of coming on.

And Jordan Bowery completed the fightback when he headed in Scott Boden's cross from close range.

Chesterfield's victory, coupled with Leyton Orient's defeat at Sheffield United, means that they remain seven points from safety with three games remaining.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We were poor first half and we never had any great energy about us.

"We never passed the ball well but credit to John [Sheridan]. He made one or two changes tactically and I thought second half we were much better.

"Danny [Whitaker] changed the game when he came on, he was a catalyst for us.

"He got hold of the ball, passed it, took a great shot and improved us greatly."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley
  • 04 Liddle (Rutherford - 89' )
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray (Boyd - 74' )
  • 33 James
  • 35 Noble

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 36 Rutherford
  • 10 Boyd

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 05 Thompson
  • 06 Ford
  • 12 Ridehalgh
  • 22 Juan (Whitaker - 57' )
  • 23 Randall
  • 30 Moussa
  • 09 Westcarr (Boden - 51' )
  • 16 Mendy
  • 21 Bowery
  • 25 Talbot

Substitutes

  • 28 Smith
  • 07 Allott
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 11 Ajose
  • 19 Boden
Ref: Haywood
Att: 4,004

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

7 3

Corners

5 3

Fouls

5 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:54 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:51

Short corner taken by Jordan Bowery, Unfair challenge on Peter Hartley by Jordan Bowery results in a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:31

Liam Ridehalgh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke James. Evan Horwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Mark Randall.

88:50 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Greg Rutherford coming on for Gary Liddle.

88:20

Jordan Bowery crosses the ball, clearance made by Luke James.

87:50

The ball is delivered by Neil Austin, clearance by Josh Thompson.

84:22

The ball is crossed by Andy Monkhouse.

79:24

The offside flag is raised against Scott Boden. Sam Collins takes the direct free kick.

78:21

Ryan Noble takes a shot. Tommy Lee makes a save.

76:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Noel Alexandre Mendy by Antony Sweeney. Free kick taken by Josh Thompson.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Paul Murray goes off and Adam Boyd comes on.

73:21

Mark Randall has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

72:32

Gary Liddle concedes a free kick for a foul on Franck Moussa. Josh Thompson restarts play with the free kick.

71:45

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Evan Horwood, clearance made by Josh Thompson.

70:59

Mark Randall has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the goal.

68:15

Assist on the goal came from Scott Boden.

68:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Bowery - Hartlepool 1 - 2 Chesterfld Jordan Bowery finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Hartlepool 1-2 Chesterfield.

68:12

The ball is crossed by Scott Boden,

67:48

The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood, save made by Tommy Lee.

64:56

Jordan Bowery takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

63:06

The ball is swung over by Neil Austin, Headed effort on goal by Antony Sweeney from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

60:18

Josh Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke James. Evan Horwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Simon Ford manages to make a clearance.

59:43

The official flags Scott Boden offside. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

58:07

The assist for the goal came from Jordan Bowery.

58:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Whitaker - Hartlepool 1 - 1 Chesterfld A goal is scored by Danny Whitaker from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Hartlepool 1-1 Chesterfield.

58:02

The ball is sent over by Jordan Bowery,

57:10

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridehalgh, blocked by Antony Sweeney.

57:01

Centre by Liam Ridehalgh, clearance made by Evan Horwood.

56:22 Substitution

Substitution Danny Whitaker replaces Jimmy Juan.

54:34

The offside flag is raised against Jordan Bowery. Sam Collins takes the direct free kick.

53:37

Effort from a long way out by Antony Sweeney goes wide right of the goal.

51:59

Liam Ridehalgh concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Liddle. Neil Austin takes the direct free kick.

50:57 Substitution

Substitution Scott Boden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Westcarr.

49:01

The ball is delivered by Antony Sweeney, Ryan Noble takes a shot. Save made by Tommy Lee.

48:50

Centre by Paul Murray, Simon Ford manages to make a clearance.

48:24

Corner from the right by-line taken by Evan Horwood, Jimmy Juan makes a clearance.

48:14

The ball is delivered by Antony Sweeney, blocked by Simon Ford.

47:17

The ball is sent over by Evan Horwood, Ryan Noble takes a shot. Tommy Lee makes a save.

46:46

The referee blows for offside against Craig Westcarr. Direct free kick taken by Sam Collins.

45:09

Craig Westcarr is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:10

The ball is delivered by Drew Talbot, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:44

Corner taken by Mark Randall from the left by-line, clearance made by Antony Sweeney.

45:00 +0:38

Noel Alexandre Mendy produces a cross, Sam Collins makes a clearance.

44:41

Foul by Ryan Noble on Jimmy Juan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Ridehalgh.

42:59

The ball is swung over by Liam Ridehalgh, clearance made by Antony Sweeney.

41:04

Craig Westcarr is caught offside. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

40:25

The ball is sent over by Gary Liddle, Andy Monkhouse takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

39:11

Antony Sweeney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franck Moussa. Direct free kick taken by Simon Ford.

38:23

Noel Alexandre Mendy challenges Neil Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neil Austin takes the direct free kick.

37:56

Franck Moussa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Liddle. Gary Liddle takes the free kick.

36:45

Ryan Noble provided the assist for the goal.

36:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Liddle - Hartlepool 1 - 0 Chesterfld A goal is scored by Gary Liddle from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Hartlepool 1-0 Chesterfield.

34:41

Andy Monkhouse takes a shot. Save made by Tommy Lee.

32:41

Corner taken by Franck Moussa, clearance made by Andy Monkhouse.

31:56

Gary Liddle concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Westcarr. Free kick crossed by Mark Randall, Antony Sweeney manages to make a clearance.

31:26

Ryan Noble crosses the ball, Shot by Antony Sweeney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

29:57

Inswinging corner taken by Neil Austin.

26:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Alexandre Mendy on Neil Austin. Direct free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

21:16

Franck Moussa takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

19:14

The ball is delivered by Sam Collins.

15:52

Inswinging corner taken by Neil Austin from the left by-line, Peter Hartley takes a shot. Save by Drew Talbot.

15:47

The ball is swung over by Evan Horwood, blocked by Josh Thompson.

9:07

The ball is swung over by Evan Horwood.

7:41

Liam Ridehalgh produces a cross.

3:59

Inswinging corner taken by Neil Austin from the left by-line, save by Tommy Lee.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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