Chesterfield boss John Sheridan was delighted with the character his side showed after they salvaged a deserved point against fellow promotion candidates Rochdale at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday evening. Talisman Jack Lester pounced from off the bench in the dying seconds to break Dale hearts, when he met Craig Westcarr's corner with a glancing header at the near post to get his side's 2012/13 campaign up and running.
Similarly to Saturday, The Spireites flew out of the blocks and were unfortunate not to take the lead inside the opening half-hour when firstly Jordan Bowery and then Neal Trotman were denied by goal-line clearances. Andrew Tutte then stunned the boys in blue with a rasping 35-yard piledriver, before Lester struck at the death.
It was a just reward for Sheridan's side, whose toil and endeavour was finally rewarded, and the manager was pleased with the spirit his team showed.
"I can't fault the character," Sheridan told Spireites Player after the game.
"I'm pleased with the character and I'm glad we got something out of the game.
"Like Saturday, we started really well and we could have won both games. But it's no good saying if, or when, or we should have, we've got one point, which i'm not happy with. But i'm pleased we got something from the game, which we definitely deserved. We'll go into the game on Saturday, hopefully it'll give the lads a lift and it'll be a good game."
Chesterfield suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of AFC WImbledon at a sun-drenched Cherry Red Records Stadium in the season's opener on Saturday, and after getting their first points on the board against Rochdale they will be hoping to clinch their first win of the season on Saturday.
The Sprieites welcome local rivals and big-spending Rotherham to the Proact Stadium this weekend, with Steve Evans' side suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Northampton Town this evening. Sheridan's side romped to a 5-0 demolition against the Millers when the sides last met, with Lester netting a hat-trick to send his side 13 points clear atop League Two.
And with Sheridan pleased his side are creating chances, he will be hoping for a repeat performance.
"We've had four off the line, so we've had some great opportunities and they've scored a wonder strike," he added.
"I'm pleased with the way the lads kept battling and we've created some really good chances. They've had lots of possession, they're a good side and I know how they play but it's a wonder strike that beats Tommy and other than Adebola's chance in the first-half, I can't remember too much.
"We should have been three up, there's two off the line and I think Richo had a good chance as well. We battled away, i'd like us to be more positive and not be frightened, to get a good tempo and pass the ball with a bit of purpose.
"We definitely deserved something out of the game, even though it was late on and we'll take it and obviously we've got a big derby on Saturday. But in my eyes, we should have six points and probably could have scored six goals."
You can catch John's interview in full on Spireites Player.