A POINT IN-SPIRED BY KEEPER TOMMY
LEAM Richardson insists he never panicked despite Chesterfield leaving it late to salvage a point against Doncaster.
Rovers raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first ten minutes with goals from James Coppinger and Andy Butler.
But Jimmy Ryan’s 87th minute goal rescued a vital point for Paul Cook’s promotion-chasers after England’s leading goalscorer Eoin Doyle had pulled a goal back.
Assistant manager Richardson said: “Even when we were 2-0 down we believed we could get something from the game because of the quality we have up top.
“Tommy Lee made two excellent saves to keep us in it. We worked very hard and got our rewards for that.
“The two goals that we conceded were poor and that is something we will work on in the week. There are always areas we can improve in and we will look to do that.
“It was always going to be competitive with it being a derby.
“I think it was a fair result and a point that will be very important to us.”
But Rovers boss Paul Dickov was left frustrated by his side’s inability to convert a number of good second-half chances.
“It is disappointing to have conceded the goal late on,” he said. “We wanted to start fast and we made a great start, but for the last ten, 15 minutes of the first half we played like we were hanging on.
“We have had more than enough chances to put the game away. Their goalkeeper has made some good saves and if we had taken one of those chances we would have won.
“Chesterfield are one of the best teams in this division and are in the top six for a reason. This was always going to be a tough game.”
Doncaster took the lead after three minutes when Coppinger smashed home his sixth of the season after Luke McCullough’s throughball carved open Chesterfield’s defence.
The visitors doubled their lead six minutes later when Andy Butler rose well to nod home Harry Forrester’s corner.
Sam Morsy went close from distance, before Jay O’Shea fired Sam Clucas’ fizzing low cross over on 37 minutes.
Stephen Bywater tipped away Ian Evatt’s bullet header four minutes later as Chesterfield enjoyed a good spell. And the pressure finally paid off when Doyle controlled Morsy’s cross before firing home his 25th goal of the season on 43 minutes.
Lee kept his side in the game when he denied Harry Main on 52 minutes and then debutant Uche Ikpeazu on 58 minutes in one-on-ones. Ikpeazu then cracked a curling effort against the post two minutes later as Doncaster looked to wrap up the points.
They proved to be very costly misses when Doyle headed Sam Hird’s cross into the path of Ryan who fired into an empty net on 87 minutes to level.
HANDY: Andrew Butler (left) heads Doncaster into a 2-0 lead
JUST IN TIME: Jimmy Ryan heads Chesterfield level late in the game