Chesterfield 1 Bristol City 1

Last updated : 16 August 2003 By Footymad Previewer

Big spending Bristol City were forced to settle for a share of the spoils as battling Chesterfield earned their first point of the season.

Robins defender Danny Coles put his side ahead after just 10 minutes as Danny Wilson's men looked to continue their impressive start to the season, but they were pegged back on the half hour when Alan O'Hare lashed a fierce drive past Steve Phillips to haul his side level.

Both sides had chances to win the game in an enthralling second half but a draw was a fair result and left both managers satisfied.

City started brightly and almost went ahead when summer signing Lee Miller saw his header from six yards kept out by a superb reflex save from Carl Muggleton.

However Spireites keeper was beaten five minutes later when Coles hooked a Luke Wilkshire short corner into the back of the net for his second goal in a week.

Roy McFarland's men responded well and after 30 minutes Phillips was forced to tip a Mark Hudson header over the bar after Mark Allott nodded Glynn Hurst's cross back across goal.

But from the resulting corner O'Hare drew his side level when he blasted home from six yards when the Robins failed to clear Ian Evatt's knock down.

After the break Chesterfield stepped up a gear and on 51 minutes Evatt saw his close-range effort saved by the legs of Phillips.

Hurst then headed straight at the visitors' keeper from a Damon Searle free-kick as the Spireites went in search of their first win of the season.

But they were left holding on as City substitute Christian Roberts came close to snatching the points for his side.

First he flashed a cross shot inches wide on 80 minutes. Then with just five minutes to go he sprinted clear but blazed badly over.

After the game Chesterfield boss Roy McFarland said: "I am very pleased with the result. We showed a lot of spirit and courage, played some good football, and our work rate was excellent. The only place we really failed today was in the final third." City manager Danny Wilson said: "I have got no complaints today, Chesterfield gave us a good game. They were very well organised and very difficult to break down.

"On the plus side we created a lot of chances and I am very happy that we have got four points out of six."