Rochdale 1-1 Chesterfield: Match Report
Jones keeps Wolves from door
Rochdale and Chesterfield - the two teams with the worst defensive records in npower League One - restricted each other to a solitary goal as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Spotland.
John Sheridan's side looked to the heading for victory after Craig Westcarr had fired them ahead in the first half, but the Spireites were pegged back by Gary Jones' 74th-minute equaliser.
Chesterfield were good value for their 1-0 lead at the break, Westcarr's drilled shot from the edge of the area deflected past Dale goalkeeper David Lucas by Neal Trotman.
But for Lucas' point-blank save from Leon Clarke at the end of the opening period, the home support's booing as the teams left the field at half-time might well have been louder.
The mood around Spotland would undoubtedly have been brighter had Jean Louis Akpa Akpro taken the hosts' best chance of the half after 14 minutes. Andrew Tutte's slide-rule pass split the Chesterfield backline, sending the striker clear, but the Frenchman was unable to match the quality of Tutte's creativity with his finish, blasting an effort wildly into the side netting.
Danny Whittaker set up Clarke for another gilt-edged chance minutes into the second half, but he lifted his shot over Lucas and the crossbar before Jones latched on to Reece Gray's pass and shot past Greg Fleming.
Rochdale 1-1 Chesterfield: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.
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