If you could choose your opponents to face after a poor performance, you'd choose a side you'd put five past twice this season.Despite this happy opportunity to get back on track, John Sheridan was forced into four changes for the club's first Football League game at Burton Albion.
Ishmel Demontagnac made his debut as a replacement for Simon Whaley (injured knee.) Danny Boshell was given the opportunity to claim the midfield berth vacated by the injured Derek Niven. Barry Conlon came in for Adam Rundle, still feeling the effects of a recent injury, and Kevin Austin came in at left-back for the suspended Alan Goodall.
Burton started the sharper but the opening five minutes or so were tame as both sides denied each other time to play in the midfield.
Ex-Spireite Paul Boertien was booked for a foul on Demontagnac after fifteen minutes. Lee was called into action a minute later, saving Harrad's 20-yard shot, while the unlikely form of Kevin Austin was denied by Krysiak in the Burton goal on 18.
Ian Breckin and Andy Whing closed ranks to defend well after Albion made ground through the middle of midfield on 25. Lee punched away a Taylor free kick on 27.
Chesterfield's wide midfielders swapped wings on the half-hour. Harrad headed Kabba's cross wide after good pressure from the Brewers on 33.
Chesterfield capitalised on defensive confusion on 34 when a Small cross was left by keeper and defender to allow Ishmel Demontagnac to tap the ball home for a debut goal.
Burton won the game's opening corner after 38. McGrath took a left-footed in-swinger but Page cleared to Allott; Penn won the ball back and drilled a shot across Lee's goal. When Chesterfield failed to clear their lines two minutes later it was Penn who was first to a loose ball to fire an equalising goal.
McGrath fouled from the kick off to give Chesterfield a free kick in a dangerous position. Boshell fired over the bar.
Halftime: Brewers 1 Spireites 1
Penn tried to start the second half as he finished the first, but his shot went over. Burton won a corner after Austin blocked Taylor's cross but the flag kick was cleared from the near post. Kabba was booked for a foul on Boshell after 52 minutes.
Talbot raced away and crossed on 56 and Demontagnac hit the post with a shot; Small was first to the rebound but Krysiak saved.
Boden came on for Conlon after 57.
Scott Boden scored a cracking goal to restore the lead on the hour, taking the ball past several Burton men and across the goal before firing a shot across the angle and in, Boden received a yellow card for the exuberant nature of his celebration.
Page's fine saving tackle denied Taylor, and Austin followed up with a block as the visitors' defence found new resolve.
Demontagnac fired into the side netting after running at the defence on 67. Immediately, he and Talbot swapped wings. Lee collected Taylor's free kick with erase on 69.
Allott fouled McGrath on 71 but Harrad went into the book for something he said.
Pearson replaced Kabba after 74. Harrad's shot was deflected for a corner on 75 but McGrath's return was collected by Lee. Webster replaced Phillips on 78.
Adam Rundle came on for Demontagnac, who had suffered cramp as the game entered its final stages, with seven minutes to go. The visiting side were forced to battle hard to protect their lead, but Drew Talbot set an outstanding example with his work-rate.
With three minutes left Burton were given a penalty after Whing was judged to have fouled Pearson. Whing received a yellow card and Harrad stepped up but Tommy Lee pulled off a super save to keep his side in the lead! From the corner Lee claimed Taylor's cross. To everyone's surprise the fourth official announced five minutes of additional time, and with only twenty seconds of a frantic finale remaining, Burton managed a dispiriting equaliser through Pearson.