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Fleetwood Town 1-1 Chesterfield

Jon Parkin celebrates his equaliser for Fleetwood against Chesterfield

Substitute Jon Parkin scored with two minutes remaining to earn a point for second-placed Fleetwood Town against League Two leaders Chesterfield.

Jeff Hughes flicked on a cross into the path of Parkin, who fired in past goalkeeper Tommy Lee from eight yards.

A header from Liam Cooper from a Ritchie Humphreys corner looked like being enough for a Spireites win.

Hughes blazed a second-half penalty over the bar before veteran striker Parkin struck in the dying moments.

Manchester United manager David Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes was among the spectators at Highbury on Saturday

Two successive league defeats for Chesterfield, including a having been 3-0 in front seven days previously, had resulted in their lead at the summit being reduced to a single point.

Paul Cook's team controlled the game at Highbury for long periods and they forced home goalkeeper Scott Davies into a series of fine saves before Parkin's equaliser.

Veteran Humphreys came closest to a goal for the visitors towards the end of a scoreless first period, his effort cleared off the line by Ryan Cresswell.

Tendayi Darikwa and Eoin Doyle were also denied by Davies either side of the interval.

Cod Army midfielder Antoni Sarcevic, League Two's player of the month in September, looked the most likely to create something for the home side after defender Cooper had netted his first goal for Chesterfield following his summer move from Hull.

Sarcevic fired over from the edge of the box and was then fouled by Ian Evatt for the spot-kick, which was wasted by Hughes.

Fleetwood appeared to be heading for a third defeat in six home league outings before Parkin snatched a draw for Graham Alexander's side.


Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I would say I'm content with a point. We got a goal that we deserved and it's a pity it didn't come earlier in the second half to give us a bit longer to maybe go on and get a winner.

"It's the top two in the league at this moment and neither wants to get beaten by the other one. Sometimes it takes a goal to open up a game.

"We know we come strong in the second half and I think that showed in the game. All the fans can see we did everything to win."



Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Davies
  • 14Hogan
  • 3Howell
  • 11HughesBooked at 36mins
  • 6Pond
  • 16CresswellBooked at 19mins
  • 24CrowtherSubstituted forParkinat 80'minutes
  • 4MurdochSubstituted forBallat 68'minutes
  • 10MattBooked at 82mins
  • 18SarcevicSubstituted forBlairat 85'minutes
  • 12Brown


  • 5Roberts
  • 8Schumacher
  • 9Parkin
  • 15McLaughlin
  • 17Blair
  • 23Ball
  • 33Lucas


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1LeeBooked at 65mins
  • 4Hird
  • 15HumphreysSubstituted forMcSheffreyat 72'minutes
  • 12Ryan
  • 23EvattBooked at 70mins
  • 6CooperBooked at 16mins
  • 25TalbotSubstituted forO'Sheaat 73'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 17Doyle
  • 24PorterSubstituted forTogwellat 77'minutes
  • 7Darikwa


  • 2Banks
  • 8Togwell
  • 10O'Shea
  • 16Devitt
  • 20Chapman
  • 27Edwards
  • 28McSheffrey
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Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamChesterfield
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Junior Brown (Fleetwood Town).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

  9. Post update

    Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 1, Chesterfield 1. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeff Hughes.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sam Togwell (Chesterfield).

  13. Post update

    David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Sam Hird.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Matty Blair replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Gary McSheffrey.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

  18. Post update

    Ryan Cresswell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Booking

    Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Sam Hird (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.