Match Report: Fleetwood Town v Chesterfield
25th August 2014
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Spireites Draw at Fleetwood.

Fleetwood and Chesterfield played out a 0-0 draw at Highbury on Saturday afternoon, although the Spireites will be most disappointed at not coming away with three points from a game they thoroughly deserved to win.

In the opening moments, Gareth Evans tried his luck from range but Tommy Lee in the Chesterfield goal saved comfortably. Nathan Pond connected with a driven corner-kick, although the defender's glancing header sailed narrowly wide of the post.

After breaking free of the hosts' defence, Eoin Doyle watched a deflected effort roll towards an open net only to be denied by Chris Maxwell who recovered well to gather the ball just before it trickled over the line. Moments later, Jay O'Shea fizzed a low pass across goal for Doyle who ultimately failed to make any contact.

Following a long goal-kick from Lee, Gary Roberts went through on goal before opting to chip the ball over both Maxwell and the crossbar. On the stroke of half-time, Doyle's volleyed effort from close range sailed low and disappointingly wide of the post.

The home side rose from their slumber after the break although Chesterfield always looked the most likely to open the scoring, as O'Shea directed his shot just wide of the post. In reply, Evans attempted a speculative effort from an awkward angle but once again the midfielder failed to force Lee into making a save.

Just before the hour mark, Chesterfield came within a whisker of taking the lead following Ian Evatt's thunderous header that Maxwell managed to clear with a magnificent one-handed save. On the counter-attack, Lee denied Evans with possibly the best save of the match following a powerful drive from 20 yards.

Fleetwood fired a looping free-kick into the area from distance but the ball flew straight out of play, summing up the Cod Army's afternoon in front of goal. With the three minutes of additional time all but over, Gnanduillet struck the post from a matter of yards as the Spireites were forced to settle for a point on their travels.

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