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Fleetwood Town 1-1 Chesterfield

Jon Parkin celebrates his equaliser for Fleetwood against Chesterfield

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 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."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 1Davies
  • 14Hogan
  • 3Howell
  • 11HughesBooked at 36mins
  • 6Pond
  • 16CresswellBooked at 19mins
  • 24CrowtherSubstituted forParkinat 80'minutes
  • 4MurdochSubstituted forBallat 68'minutes
  • 10MattBooked at 82mins
  • 18SarcevicSubstituted forBlairat 85'minutes
  • 12Brown

Substitutes

  • 5Roberts
  • 8Schumacher
  • 9Parkin
  • 15McLaughlin
  • 17Blair
  • 23Ball
  • 33Lucas

Chesterfield

  • 1LeeBooked at 65mins
  • 4Hird
  • 15HumphreysSubstituted forMcSheffreyat 72'minutes
  • 12Ryan
  • 23EvattBooked at 70mins
  • 6CooperBooked at 16mins
  • 25TalbotSubstituted forO'Sheaat 73'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 17Doyle
  • 24PorterSubstituted forTogwellat 77'minutes
  • 7Darikwa

Substitutes

  • 2Banks
  • 8Togwell
  • 10O'Shea
  • 16Devitt
  • 20Chapman
  • 27Edwards
  • 28McSheffrey
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
4,521

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

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

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

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

Foul by Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town).

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

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

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

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.

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

Foul by Sam Togwell (Chesterfield).

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

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Sam Hird.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Matty Blair replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Gary McSheffrey.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Ryan Crowther.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Liam Hogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Togwell replaces Chris Porter.

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

Foul by Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Gary McSheffrey replaces Ritchie Humphreys.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

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

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

Booking

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. David Ball replaces Stewart Murdoch.

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield11722189923
2Fleetwood117132012822
3Oxford Utd116322112921
4Morecambe116321914521
5Rochdale116231611520
6Exeter116231413120
7Mansfield115421511419
8Scunthorpe10451138517
9Wycombe115241714317
10Southend115241210217
11Wimbledon115241312117
12Newport114431514116
13Dag & Red114431515016
14Burton114341517-215
15Portsmouth113441819-113
16Hartlepool113351314-112
17Cheltenham113351422-812
18York103251314-111
19Plymouth11326814-611
20Bristol Rovers112451015-510
21Bury112361315-29
22Torquay112361321-89
23Northampton11227815-78
24Accrington11038719-123
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