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Posted Tue 01 Feb 11 at 22:15 PM

County 1 Spireites 1

The Spireites were without the services of experienced trio Jack Lester, Gregor Robertson and Simon Ford heading into the match, forcing manager John Sheridan into a number of changes to Saturday's 'comeback' squad.

Instead, Man City loanee Javan Vidal returned back to the starting line-up, along with midfielder Ian Morris and striker Deane Smalley. Despite his injury time leveller against the Bantams at the weekend, youngster Jordan Bowery had to be content with warming the bench alongside fellow forward Scott Boden, who had returned back from injury.

Midfield general Derek Niven was dropped to the bench and completed what was a mixture of both experience and youth amongst the Chesterfield subs as Rob Page and Craig Clay also returned back to the Spireite fold.

The visitors had a familiar face amongst their team; one-time Chesterfield loanee Ishmel Demontagnac, who served a short term spell under John Sheridan last season and became an instant hit amongst the Saltergate faithful.

County's Jordan Rose, a late addition to the starting XI, sprung the first sign of attack but defender Scott Griffiths cut out the opposing threat on 10 minutes.

Smalley looked set to continue his impressive away form when he latched onto Drew Talbot's through ball after a failed County clearance, but Smalley's turn was too clever, even for him, as the ball ran away from the forward and was picked up without any drama from Matt Glennon.

Greg Tansey's floated free-kick into the Chesterfield box raised a number of penalty cries from the County team but referee Michael Naylor waved play on.

A good spell of passing from the Spireites ended with Talbot delivering a dangerous looking cross into the heart of County box, which sparked the travelling Spireites into a frenzy, but unfortunately the ball was cleared up field.

Minutes after the half hour mark Demontagnac proved just why he was a popular figure with the Spireites, turning both Vidal and Smalley before spraying the ball to forward Tom Fisher on the left, but the move was cut short by the head of Breckin.

Morris was unlucky not to hit the target just before half-time after his 25-yard strike beat both the static Glennon and his far post after Talbot's mazy run through the County defence opened up the opportunity for the Iron loanee.

Half-Time: Stockport County 0 Chesterfield 0

Rose should have done better just after the re-start when the defender met Tansey's free-kick with a free header that sailed over Tommy Lee's bar.

Captain Dwayne Mattis was just inches away from connecting with Davies' flick on after Vidal pumped the ball into the County area.

The home side had a brace of efforts shortly after, both coming through the right hand channel via Blackpool loanees. Firstly Demontagnac pounced on Griffiths' misfortune and drove the ball low towards Lee, forcing the Spireite number one into a tidy save.

Secondly, Stephen Husband got the better of Griffiths and blasted an effort across goal, but his powerful shot went wide for a goal kick.

Davies must have thought he had broken the deadlock on 66 minutes when his powerful strike struck the woodwork, but much to the disbelief of the Spireites' leading marksman the ball came back out.

But it was the home side that broke the deadlock just moments later on 73 minutes when Captain Paul Turnball appeared to beat the offside track and fire home from close range.

That lead was short lived however as the match was levelled up just a minute later when Whitaker picked out Smalley at the back post who headed past the helpless Glennon to continue his impressive away goal scoring record.

Davies' low driven shot forced Glennon to react quickly as the match began to take shape. Breckin was proving his worth up the opposite end, halting several County attacks.

O'Donnell had a great opportunity to seal all three points for County in injury time but fortunately for Sheridan's side the chance was squandered over Lee's bar.

Drew Talbot almost nicked it at the end for the Spireites when his shot was just inches away.

Full-Time: Stockport County 0 Chesterfield 0

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