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Chesterfield 3-3 Peterborough United

Chesterfield's relegation fears deepened despite sharing a six-goal thriller with Peterborough at the Proact Stadium.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored his first goal since August to give them an early lead but Craig Mackail-Smith and Tom Nichols replied quickly to put Peterborough in front.

In a frenetic opening, Kristian Dennis and Mackail-Smith swapped goals to leave Posh leading 3-2 with only half-an-hour gone, but Chesterfield salvaged a 3-3 draw thanks to Dion Donohue's goal at the start of the second half.

Donohue's leveller helped Chesterfield avoid a 22nd League One defeat of the season, but they are now 10 points from safety after Oldham beat Oxford.

The hosts got off to a great start when Rai Simons set up Ebanks-Blake who found the bottom-left corner from 16 yards in the third minute.

But Peterborough hit back four minutes later when Bradden Inman crossed from the right and Mackail-Smith turned the ball in at the back post.

Chris Forrester rattled the Chesterfield crossbar from 25 yards two minutes later but Peterborough scored again in the 17th minute when Nichols was given too much time to turn in the box and find the bottom corner.

Peterborough were equally charitable in the 27th minute when a free-kick was allowed to reach Dennis on the edge of the six-yard box and although he scuffed his first attempt, he fired the second into the roof of the net.

It was the first time Chesterfield had scored twice in a game this year but they were behind three minutes later when Forrester played Mackail-Smith in to place a low shot inside Thorsten Stuckmann's right post.

More goals seemed inevitable and Chesterfield duly equalised in the 54th minute when Ebanks-Blake took advantage of static defending to set up Donohue who beat Luke McGee from 15 yards.

The chances kept coming and Mackail-Smith curled a shot against the underside of the bar five minutes from time before Posh substitute Junior Morais fired wide from four yards.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 38Stuckmann
  • 4Hird
  • 23Anderson
  • 19DonohueBooked at 32mins
  • 24KakayBooked at 81mins
  • 18NolanBooked at 64mins
  • 17Dimaio
  • 3JonesSubstituted forMitchellat 87'minutes
  • 22SimonsSubstituted forFaupalaat 70'minutes
  • 20DennisSubstituted forGardnerat 80'minutes
  • 10Ebanks-Blake

Substitutes

  • 7Gardner
  • 8Martínez
  • 11Mitchell
  • 12Fulton
  • 15Faupala
  • 28Grimshaw
  • 39Rowley

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2Smith
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 6Baldwin
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Bostwick
  • 8Forrester
  • 16Inman
  • 10Taylor
  • 21NicholsSubstituted forMoriasat 71'minutes
  • 13Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 14Tyler
  • 25Anderson
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 33Penfold
  • 36Samuelsen
  • 37Morias
  • 42Grant
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
5,048

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away21
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Peterborough United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Peterborough United 3.

Daniel Jones (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Peterborough United).

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

Attempt missed. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Reece Mitchell replaces Daniel Jones because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Junior Morias (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Booking

Osman Kakay (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Osman Kakay (Chesterfield).

Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Luke McGee.

Attempt saved. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Dan Gardner replaces Kristian Dennis.

Attempt missed. Junior Morias (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

Junior Morias (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Faupala (Chesterfield).

Andrew Hughes (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

(Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).

Foul by Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield).

Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Faupala (Chesterfield).

Ryan Tafazolli (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Junior Morias replaces Tom Nichols.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. David Faupala replaces Rai Simons.

Attempt missed. Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Daniel Jones.

Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Chesterfield).

Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd37229671422975
2Fleetwood371910855361967
3Bolton36199854312366
4Scunthorpe3818101065442164
5Bradford381518550351563
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend3715121055451057
8Bristol Rovers381412125657-154
9Walsall381314114546-153
10Oxford Utd36157144741652
11Peterborough38149155353051
12Wimbledon371214114946350
13Rochdale35148135150150
14Northampton38147175661-549
15Charlton381017114844447
16Gillingham381112155063-1345
17MK Dons371111154749-244
18Bury38128185764-744
19Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
20Oldham381013152537-1243
21Port Vale35911153956-1738
22Swindon3899203957-1836
23Chesterfield3889213661-2533
24Coventry37511213058-2826
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