Boss praises battling Spireites

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Chesterfield manager John Sheridan was pleased with his side's second-half performance during the 2-2 draw with Bradford, insisting his side were worthy of their dramatic equaliser.

Substitute Jordan Bowery converted a Greg Robertson cross in the second minute of injury time to earn the Spireites a point.

Sheridan said: "I think we definitely deserved to get something out of the game, we left it very late but I thought we started the game well and if we had kept hold of the lead a little bit longer we could have gone on to win comfortably."

He added: "But you've got to give credit to Bradford, they hit straight back and got the equaliser which gave them a bit of belief and a spring in their step.

"I knew they would cause us problems with the height they have in the team although I was disappointed with their first goal because I don't think there was anyone really near him.

"But full credit to the players, they showed character and I'm very pleased with the way we played second half, we showed a lot of patience and belief that we could get back in the game and we did the right things."

Bradford manager Peter Taylor revealed his disappointment at Chesterfield's 90th-minute equaliser, but insisted his team could take a number of positives from the game.

"There were a lot of plusses, tremendous work rate from the players and I felt for them at the end because Chesterfield are the league leaders and are the best team so to come here and nearly get a win is a great performance,'' Taylor said.

"The effort the players put in was fantastic but again there are little things we have to learn from it. In the end it's a poor goal, I think most defences try and defend outside the box and maybe we were a little bit too deep.

"I think we know the situation we are in. We know we have underperformed and the position in the league is not good enough for what we want but no one is going to give us anything, we have to earn it and everything the players did they earned and I'm really sick for them that it's not any away win."

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