REPORT: Spireites forced to settle for a point away to Dagenham

Chesterfield failed to take all three points back to Derbyshire after a defensive mishap cost them victory.

The first chance of the game came in the opening minutes, when Drew Talbot's cross from the right found the head of new Spireites signing Tom Denton, who sent it over the crossbar.

The visitors five-game goal drought came to an end in the 13th minute, after Curtis Weston tapped the ball in on the end of a Lee Shaw cross, to put the Spireites 1-0 up.

Dagenham came close in the 34th minute when striker Elliott Romain failed to put away a free header from close range.

As the second half got underway, the Spireites defence coped well with a succession of Dagenham advances.

A chance for Chesterfield to kill off the Daggers came in the 73rd minute, when Bradley Barry headed the ball down to Shaw on the edge of the six-yard box, who sent it over the bar.

A serious defensive mishap left Chike Kandi one-on-one with Spireites 'keeper Schwan Jalal, and the attacker chipped it over Jalal into the back of the net with 11 minutes to go.

Martin Allen's men had the opportunity to take the lead once again when a Kyel Reid free-kick met centre-back Haydn Hollis, who headed it over the bar in the 88th minute, which ultimately meant Chesterfield were taking away no more than a point from Victoria Road.

Post-Match Verdict: Another game gone, another opportunity gone

The Spireites sit 16th in the National League table, without a win in eight, but with some positives to take as Denton put it a decent debut and the Spireites finally found the back of the net after five games without a goal.

The gaffer was pleased with his side's performance and believed they were "more solid and competitive", also commenting that "one error on the half line has cost us dearly".

Saturday's home fixture against Gateshead, who lost to struggling Braintree this weekend, will be the perfect opportunity for Chesterfield to return to winning ways.

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