CHESTERFIELD began tonight’s League Two match against Rochdale desperate for their first win of the season - yet had to settle for a late 1-1 equaliser from veteran Jack Lester.
Losses in the League Cup to Tranmere and in the League opener at AFC Wimbledon had not been what was wanted by a Derbyshire fan base demanding promotion to League One.
And it was a busy opening session at Proact Stadium, with Chesterfield having three goal bound efforts cleared off the line and 37-year-old veteran Dele Adebola missed a clear chance for the visitors.
Striekr Marc Richards had the clearest opportunity to break the deadlog; he went through one-in-one but had his shot saved by Josh Lillis
Jordan Bowery has a headed effort left of goal and the visitors were fortunate they didn’t have midfielder Kevin McIntyre sent off.
Half Time: Chesterfield O Rochdale 0
Chesterfield were rocked by a super goal on 49 minutes from ex-Manchester City midfielder Andrew Tutte - a blast from 35 yards into the top corner, after a good set up from Jason Kennedy.
John Sheridan decided too call on veteran Jack Lester for inspiration up front, he came on for Richards on 63 minutes.
Bowery and Ashley Grimes then had chances at either end, but neither could find the net.
Drew Talbot looked capable of bringing Sheridan’s men level, but the home crowd was getting restless in the final stages.
They were rewarded when Lester did the business in the 90th minute - a deserved point for the Spireites.
Chesterfield: Lee, Forbes, Trotman, Hird, N.Smith, Talbot, Randall, Togwell, Whitaker, Richards, Bowery.
Subs: O’Donnell, Allott, Westcarr, Darikwa, Lester, Clay, Hazel.
Rochdale: Lillis, Cavanagh, R.Edwards, Kennedy, Tutte, Donnelly, Grimes, P.Edwards, McIntyre, Adebola, Pearson.
Subs: Rafferty, Bennett, Barry-Murphy, Putterill, Craney, Byrne, Smith.
Ref: Richard Clark (Northumberland)
Read Phil Tooley’s report in Wednesday’s Star.