Spireites Draw in FA Cup Second Round.
Chesterfield settled for a 1-1 draw against Walsall in the second round of this year's FA Cup at the Proact Stadium on Saturday afternoon. An own-goal on Tommy Lee's behalf put the Spireites behind in the first period, but a late leveller from Sam Morsy sealed a replay between the two sides.
Mark Smith made a total of five changes from last Saturday's defeat against Swindon Town, as Drew Talbot, S... am Hird, Richard Wood, Dion Donohue and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake took the places of Charlie Raglan, Daniel Jones, Ollie Banks, Gboly Ariyibi and Rai Simons.
In the opening moments, Lee Novak latched onto Ebanks-Blake’s through-ball before unleashing a forceful effort that sailed waywardly wide of the opposing goalkeeper’s post. Jason Demetriou produced a driven delivery from the right-hand side, only for Lee to advance and gather possession with relative ease.
On 20 minutes, the visitors took the lead courtesy of Lee's own-goal after Demetriou's powerful strike cannoned against the goalkeeper’s chest before nestling into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. Neil Etheridge came to meet a bouncing ball outside the area only for Novak to pounce, then fire low and narrowly wide of the post.
Following a lofted pass into the area, Hird connected with the ball and directed his header towards Etheridge despite the fact that the linesman's flag was already raised for off-side. George Evans picked up possession and prepared to strike, only to fail at the final hurdle with a poor shot that trickled out of play for a goal-kick.
Just before the half-time whistle, Wood met a perfectly-weighted cross near the six-yard line and forced Etheridge into a routine save.
After the break, Milan Lalkovic took matters into his own hands with an individual run that culminated in a strike that failed to trouble Lee in the slightest. Ebanks-Blake almost connected with Novak’s low cross on the six-yard line, with a matter of inches being the difference between an equalising goal and the ensuing throw-in.
Waiting on the line, Talbot was the last form of defence and managed to clear an opposing player's forceful header to safety. Ebanks-Blake went to ground inside the area under a challenge from a member of the visitors’ defence, but the referee signalled play to continue.
Involved once again, Ebanks-Blake received possession just inside the area before turning and striking only for Etheridge to produce a stunning save. As the contest began to reach its conclusion, Morsy made the final contact with a loose ball inside the area and directed his attempt past a flailing Etheridge to seal an FA Cup second-round replay at Banks’s Stadium.