"We got what we deserved," says Dover Athletic boss Andy Hessenthaler after late draw against Chesterfield

Dover Athletic boss Andy Hessenthaler felt his side got a deserved draw against Chesterfield after a late equaliser.

Sunday, 15th March 2020, 8:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 3:13 pm

Substitute Nassim L’Ghoul struck in the 89th minute to cancel out Tom Denton’s penalty nine minutes earlier to deny the Spireites all three points.

Hessenthaler said: “I think that is the least we deserved.

“I think second-half we pretty dominated the ball without testing their keeper, that is the only criticism.

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First-half, again we had a lot of the ball but they came to hit us on the counter-attack - they are good at it.

“They have got some fantastic players in their squad.

“They should not be down where they are but they are and I think they will get out of it.

“They have got a good manager and they are a massive club.

Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler.

“They are a good team and we know how tough these games are.

“We kept going and plugging away and we got what we deserved I felt in the end.

“At least we have not got beat today otherwise it would have been very harsh on us.”

Hessenthaler admitted Chesterfield’s penalty for handball “probably” was the right decision by referee Gary Parsons but was disappointed by what he felt was an elbow by Denton on Dover captain Kevin Lokko which forced him off early into the second-half.

“Kevin Lokko has had to go off because he got elbowed in the face by the big fella (Denton) up front,” Hessenthaler added. “The referee has missed that.”