Substitute Jon Parkin scored with two minutes remaining to earn a point for second-placed Fleetwood Town against League Two leaders Chesterfield.

Jeff Hughes flicked on a cross into the path of Parkin, who fired in past goalkeeper Tommy Lee from eight yards.

A header from Liam Cooper from a Ritchie Humphreys corner looked like being enough for a Spireites win.

Hughes blazed a second-half penalty over the bar before veteran striker Parkin struck in the dying moments.

Manchester United manager David Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes was among the spectators at Highbury on Saturday

Two successive league defeats for Chesterfield, including a 4-3 reverse at Morecambe having been 3-0 in front seven days previously, had resulted in their lead at the summit being reduced to a single point.

Paul Cook's team controlled the game at Highbury for long periods and they forced home goalkeeper Scott Davies into a series of fine saves before Parkin's equaliser.

Veteran Humphreys came closest to a goal for the visitors towards the end of a scoreless first period, his effort cleared off the line by Ryan Cresswell.

Tendayi Darikwa and Eoin Doyle were also denied by Davies either side of the interval.

Cod Army midfielder Antoni Sarcevic, League Two's player of the month in September, looked the most likely to create something for the home side after defender Cooper had netted his first goal for Chesterfield following his summer move from Hull.

Sarcevic fired over from the edge of the box and was then fouled by Ian Evatt for the spot-kick, which was wasted by Hughes.

Fleetwood appeared to be heading for a third defeat in six home league outings before Parkin snatched a draw for Graham Alexander's side.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I would say I'm content with a point. We got a goal that we deserved and it's a pity it didn't come earlier in the second half to give us a bit longer to maybe go on and get a winner.

"It's the top two in the league at this moment and neither wants to get beaten by the other one. Sometimes it takes a goal to open up a game.

"We know we come strong in the second half and I think that showed in the game. All the fans can see we did everything to win."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Fleetwood Town

  • 01 Davies
  • 14 Hogan
  • 03 Howell
  • 11 Hughes Booked
  • 06 Pond
  • 16 Cresswell Booked
  • 24 Crowther (Parkin - 80' )
  • 04 Murdoch (Ball - 68' )
  • 10 Matt Booked
  • 18 Sarcevic (Blair - 85' )
  • 12 Brown

Substitutes

  • 05 Roberts
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 09 Parkin
  • 15 McLaughlin
  • 17 Blair
  • 23 Ball
  • 33 Lucas

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee Booked
  • 04 Hird
  • 15 Humphreys (McSheffrey - 72' )
  • 12 Ryan
  • 23 Evatt Booked
  • 06 Cooper Booked
  • 25 Talbot (O'Shea - 73' )
  • 05 Morsy
  • 17 Doyle
  • 24 Porter (Togwell - 77' )
  • 07 Darikwa

Substitutes

  • 02 Banks
  • 08 Togwell
  • 10 O'Shea
  • 16 Devitt
  • 20 Chapman
  • 27 Edwards
  • 28 McSheffrey
Ref: Robert Lewis
Att: 4,521

Match Stats

Shots

17 18

On target

6 7

Corners

4 12

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

90:00 +5:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

90:00 +5:17

Attempt saved. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +4:47

Attempt blocked. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:49

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:49

Foul by Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town).

90:00 +2:45

Attempt missed. Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +0:34

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

90:00 +0:34

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeff Hughes.

87:07

Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

86:38

Foul by Sam Togwell (Chesterfield).

86:38

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:00

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Sam Hird.

84:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Matty Blair replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

82:00

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Gary McSheffrey.

81:39

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

81:39

Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:13 Booking

Booking Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

81:02

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:02

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

80:42

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Ryan Crowther.

78:58

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Liam Hogan.

76:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Togwell replaces Chris Porter.

72:41

Gary McSheffrey (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:41

Foul by Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town).

72:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Jay O'Shea replaces Drew Talbot.

71:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Gary McSheffrey replaces Ritchie Humphreys.

71:51

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

71:40

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:12

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot is too high. Jeff Hughes should be disappointed.

69:35 Booking

Booking Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

69:30

Penalty conceded by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) after a foul in the penalty area.

69:30

Penalty Fleetwood Town. Antoni Sarcevic draws a foul in the penalty area.

68:30

Attempt blocked. Ryan Crowther (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. David Ball replaces Stewart Murdoch.

67:19

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

67:19

Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:14

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

64:43 Booking

Booking Thomas Lee (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

64:15

Attempt missed. Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

63:36

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

62:16

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Sam Hird.

61:26

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

58:26

Attempt saved. Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

56:46

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Scott Davies.

56:33

Attempt saved. Sam Hird (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

56:01

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

55:51

Attempt blocked. Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 0, Chesterfield 1. Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ritchie Humphreys with a cross following a corner.

53:50

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

52:10

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:10

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

51:49

Attempt saved. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:25

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

51:25

Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:56

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

48:42

Chris Porter (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:42

Foul by Liam Hogan (Fleetwood Town).

46:02

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

45:42

Attempt saved. Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Fleetwood Town 0, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Chesterfield 0.

45:00 +1:51

Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:14

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Dean Howell.

44:22

Attempt missed. Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

43:15

Chris Porter (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:15

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town).

42:08

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

42:08

Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:42

Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

41:03

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Junior Brown.

40:15

Attempt saved. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:25

Attempt saved. Ryan Crowther (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

39:00

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

37:45

Attempt blocked. Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

35:17 Booking

Booking Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

35:09

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:09

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

33:15

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:15

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

31:08

Attempt missed. Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

30:47

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Scott Davies.

30:21

Attempt saved. Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

29:19

Attempt saved. Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

28:35

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

28:35

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:06

Foul by Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield).

27:06

Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:57

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

24:14

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

24:14

Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:27

Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:27

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

21:02

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

19:38

Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:38

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

19:00

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Chesterfield) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

18:27 Booking

Booking Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

18:20

Chris Porter (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:20

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town).

16:00 Booking

Booking Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

15:53

Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:53

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

14:06

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town).

14:06

Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:49

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Dean Howell.

11:12

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

11:12

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:00

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:58

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

9:59

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

9:28

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:37

Attempt saved. Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

5:32

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

3:34

Hand ball by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

2:17

Attempt missed. Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

1:14

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:44

Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:44

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

0:23

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town).

0:23

Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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