Leam Richardson highlighted the contribution of keeper Tommy Lee after Chesterfield’s 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers.
The Spireites gave themselves a mountain to climb inside just ten minutes when James Coppinger and Andy Butler scored.
But an Eoin Doyle goal before the break gave Chesterfield hope and Jimmy Ryan salvaged a point minutes from the end.
And the Spireites’ assistant manager praised the character of the players to come from two down to get a point.
“I think a point was a fair result in a competitive local derby,” said Richardson. “I thought the goals we conceded were poor, we were caught a little bit, but we had the ascendancy in parts of the game and I thought we deserved our goals.”
“Tommy Lee kept us going at the back. Even at two-nil down we believed we had the quality, energy and the fitness to get something out of the game. When you’ve got Tommy Lee in net keeping a hand on things you’ve always got a chance.”
At 2-1 Lee made two crucial saves from Curtis Main and Uche Ikpeazu when left one-on-one to keep his side within touching distance.
Richardson added: “When Tommy Lee made a couple of saves you start thinking we’ve had our bad luck already and if we keep going then we could get our rewards and thankfully it was Jimmy Ryan who got on the end of one and we got the win today.”