Chesterfield manager Lee Richardson was angry about the state of the pitch after his side's 1-1 draw at Macclesfield, which he claimed led to the early exit of on-loan midfielder Lewis Montrose.

Former Macclesfield striker Michael Gritton returned to haunt his former club, drilling home a low left-foot shot in the eighth minute, but the Silkmen equalised in the 15th minute when Ahmed Deen`s pinpoint cross was converted by 21-year-old Gareth Evans for his fourth goal of the season.

"The game was affected by a bone hard pitch that was more like a car park than a football pitch," Richardson said. "It led to the injury to Lewis Montrose who came down heavily and jarred his knee and he will now be out for the rest of the season."

He added: "When footballers even at the lower levels are earning thousands of pounds a week it's ridiculous that we should have to tolerate such poor pitches. It's not just Macclesfield but clubs across the league that are failing to produce good enough surfaces.

"All credit to Macclesfield, they took the game to us in the 20 minutes after we scored when we took our foot off the pedal, but after that I felt we dominated the match and should have been able to score another," Richardson added.

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