Chesterfield were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Yeovil Town in an encounter which produced few chances.
A penalty appeal for Chesterfield was the highlight of the first-half, as the ball appeared to strike Yeovil defender Liam Davis’s arm, but the protests were shrugged off by the referee.
The Spireites’ best moment came in stoppage time, when Glovers debutant Jed Steer reacted exceptionally to block a deflected Daniel Johnson corner with his legs, leaving both sides to take a share of the spoils.
The visit of Yeovil Town to the Proact Stadium presented a glorious opportunity for the Spireites to get back to winning ways, as the struggling Glovers headed to Derbyshire without a win since mid-September.
After a rather lacklustre beginning to what promised to be a closely fought contest, Chesterfield ‘keeper Tommy Lee produced a moment of magic in goal to keep the scores level, as Kieffer Moore found himself with the goal at his mercy following a flick on, but a sensational Lee stop from six yards out denied the Glovers and Moore.
The game didn’t really spark into life from a Spireites perspective until midway through the first half, after a series of neat interchanges between stand in skipper for the day Sam Morsy and Dan Gardner asked numerous questions of the Yeovil defence in wide positions, but the Glovers stood strong.
Paul Cook is of the belief that his Spireites side have not had the rub of the green when it has come to refereeing decisions of late, and following a five-minute burst of pressure from Chesterfield, Cook would have felt aggrieved when referee Oliver Langford waved away a strong penalty appeal, as the ball appeared to strike full-back Davis on the arm, but play continued.
The Spireites constant pressing appeared to be taking its toll with opportunities finally being carved out, and the man who you would want your best chance of the half to fall to, Eoin Doyle, fired the effort off target.
Chesterfield resumed after the break with the same intensity as the first period ended, as the deadlock was nearly broken within minutes of the restart, but after a slip in the Glovers defence allowed Doyle to break, he could only drill straight at debutant Steer in the visitors’ goal.
The further the game went on, the more space Doyle was finding in behind the two Yeovil centre backs, and after a clever a reverse through ball from Gardner, Doyle was unfortunate not to open the scoring as his dinked effort was blocked well by the chest of Steer.
Despite the threat the Spireites were carrying, Yeovil gave the Spireites a gentle reminder that they were still looking to take all three points down south, as a neat move created an opening on the edge of the area for James Berrett, but his shot narrowly missed the target.
Yeovil’s game plan of hitting Chesterfield on the break when possible was causing the Spireites problems at times, and when Oscar Gobern’s loose pass found Sam Foley on the edge of the box, the midfielder should have done better than striking the ball straight down Lee’s throat.
As the contest reached stoppage time without the scores being breached, the Spireites could have sneaked all three points through a slice of luck, but after Johnson’s corner kick was deflected goalwards by a Yeovil man, Steer reacted brilliantly to flick out a leg and clear the ball away from danger.
Chesterfield: Lee (gk) - Darikwa, Raglan, Margreitter, Jones - Morsy (c), Gobern (Ryan 81’), Gardner (O’Shea 59’), Clucas, Banks (Johnson 59’) - Doyle
Subs not used: Hunt (gk), Humphreys, Boco, Ariyibi
Yeovil Town: Steer (gk) - Nugent, Clarke, Arthurworrey, Davis - Foley, Edwards (c), Berrett, Dawson - Grant (Hayter 74’), Moore (Hiwula 35’)
Subs not used: Weale (gk), Moloney, Hayter, Leitch-Smith, Hoskins, Twumasi
Attendance: 6,462 (188 away supporters)