CHESTERFIELD picked up a valuable point in their fight to stay in League One after a goalless draw against Preston North End tonight.
As a result, the Spireites moved within of three points of safety but also failed to score for a third time in four outings.
Manager John Sheridan made two changes to the side which beat Tranmere at the weekend, with David Davis and Jack Lester making way for Craig Westcarr and Alex Mendy.
In a quiet first half, Jordan Bowery came closest for the Spireites.
The striker nearly followed up his match-winning goal from Saturday, with a 35-yard effort which just missed the target and right on half-time he drilled a ball across the face of goal which agonisingly flashed past the post.
After the interval, Danny Whitaker stabbed an effort just wide of the goal as Sheridan’s men stepped up their pursuit.
Mark Allott then fizzed a shot in which fell to the feet of Westcarr but the winger couldn’t convert, much to the despair of the away followers.
Nicky Ajose was later presented with a gilt-edged chance, but home defender Chris Robertson just managed to scramble the ball away before the Spireites striker could prod home.
Right at the death Neal Trotman smacked his effort against the bar from eight yards out as the visitors so nearly snatched a shock away win.
Preston (4-4-2): Stuckmann, Hunt, Robertson, Devine, Parry, Mayor, A.Proctor, Coutts, Cummins, J.Proctor, Holroyd. Subs: Arestidou, Hume, Nicholson, Wright, Murphy.
Chesterfield (4-4-2): Lee, Talbot, Trotman, Thompson, Ridehalgh, Mendy, Allott, Whitaker, Ajose, Bowery, Westcarr. Subs: Fleming, Niven, Boden, Lowry, Ford.
Ref: Mark Heywood (Cheshire)
Read Phil Tooley’s assessment in Wednesday’s Star.