Match Report: Chesterfield v Doncaster Rovers
2nd February 2015
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Spireites Salvage a Point Against Doncaster Rovers.

Chesterfield came from behind to seal a 2-2 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Proact Stadium on Saturday afternoon. James Coppinger and Lee Butler both netted within the first ten minutes, but goals from Irish talisman Eoin Doyle and Jimmy Ryan in the end salvaged a point for the Spireites.

Paul Cook made one change from Tuesday's convincing victory over Crawley Town, with Dan Gardner replacing Armand Gnanduillet for this particular encounter. 

With only four minutes on the clock, James Coppinger broke free of the defence before finishing past Tommy Lee from an awkward angle despite genuine suspicions of off-side. Just five minutes had passed before the away side doubled their advantage, as Butler met a low cross at the back-post to finish whilst Lee claimed a foul on himself by a member of the Doncaster Rovers attack.

Sam Morsy had two quick-fire attempts at goal, with Stephen Bywater parrying the first and watching the second skip past the post from the edge of the area. A constant thorn in the side of the Chesterfield defence, recent loan signing Uche Ikpeazu was running freely with Sam Hird attempting to deal with the striker's threat.

Pushing for a goal to reduce the deficit, Ian Evatt rose above everybody else after entering the game as a substitute to force a low save to the right-hand side by Bywater. A mere two minutes were left in the first period when the Spireites pulled a goal back courtesy of Doyle, who met Morsy's exquisite cross with his chest prior to finishing low to the left-hand side from around six yards.

Immediately after the break, Curtis Main tried his luck from range although Lee was equal to it and kept the ball within his grasp. Moments later, Main went through one-on-one with Lee only to fail at the last hurdle as the goalkeeper stood firm to produce an astonishing save.

Twisting and turning, Ikpeazu eventually lost his marker and fired against the post from an absolutely stunning distance of 25 yards. Sam Clucas crossed instantly towards Byron Harrison, who almost met the delivery although Bywater managed to get a hand to the ball and pluck it from the air.

In the 87th minute, the Spireites grabbed that all-important equaliser through Ryan's header at the back-post that sent the home support into raptures following numerous attempts to connect with the driven cross that was delivered from the right-hand side. For the full three minutes of additional time, neither side created a meaningful opportunity and as a result took a share of the points from this fixture.

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