Lester upset over late Swindon penalty decision

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Chesterfield chief Jack Lester thought that the late penalty that denied his side all three points at Swindon Town shouldn’t have been given.

The Spireites boss also claimed that their opponents were responsible for Sam Hird’s half-time substitution.

Hird was replaced by Laurence Maguire at the break before an injury-time spot-kick from Luke Norris, which was awarded after Scott Wiseman was adjudged by referee Lee Collins to have brought down the Swindon striker in the area at the death, denied the visitors all three points in Wiltshire.

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“I don’t think Swindon should have had a penalty. The referee was waiting to even the game up, I felt,” said Lester.

“We got a big decision in the first half, so it was inevitable Swindon would get one in the second half.

“The performance was excellent. It was a great point that should have been three but that was due to things out of our control.

“To be the better team against Swindon who had won five on the bounce is good.

“The players will take heart from this and when Saturday comes, we will be on the front foot and not feeling sorry for ourselves.

“Sam Hird is fine. There was nothing wrong with him but their club official subbed him off.

“Our physio said he was fine and their club physio got involved and he had to come off, which is not ideal when subs being made are not our decisions.”

A dramatic contest at the County Ground ended 2-2, with Timi Elsnik’s strike early in the second half giving the home side the lead after they had dominated proceedings in the first 45 minutes.

Chesterfield roared back though and Kristian Dennis levelled the scores on 56 minutes before Jak McCourt’s stunning 40-yard piledriver seemingly earned the visitors their second away league win of the season.

Then came the late drama, however.

Lester added: “Denno’s [Dennis’] goal was a great finish and then Jak McCourt’s should have been the match-winner.

“It deserved to be the match-winner. I’ve never scored a goal better than that!”