"We are a bit disappointed not to win," says AFC Fylde boss Jim Bentley after draw with Chesterfield

AFC Fylde manager Jim Bentley said they were a “bit disappointed” not to have taken all three points against Chesterfield on Saturday.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 9:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 3:34 pm

The Spireites led through Jonathan Smith’s third goal in as many games but the visitors deservedly levelled through Nick Haughton in the second-half.

The Coasters had chances to win it but were denied by the brilliant Shwan Jalal who saved one-on-one from Jordan Williams in each half.

Josef Yarney headed one off the line while Will Evans saw his header from a corner hit the underside of the crossbar late on.

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The resut leaves both teams still in the National League relegation zone but Chesterfield are now two points from safety and face Notts County next weekend.

"It is a difficult place to come obviously with the new manager and that little bit of a boost (from winning the two previous games) but I think we have had the better chances first-half,” Bentley said.

"I think we were up against tricky opponents - mainly (Tom) Denton - who is a proper handful.

"I was disappointed with how we conceded the goal.

AFC Fylde manager Jim Bentley.

"I don't think we deserved to be behind at half-time but second-half we battled well, created numerous opportunities, had four or five glorious chances to get back on level terms and in the end thankfully we deservedly did that and in the end we had good chances to win it.

"Jordan Williams on another day could be walking away with the match ball and I think it is summed up by Shwan Jalal has ended up getting the sponsors Man of the Match.”

He added: "If we take 10 per cent of the chances we created we win the game.

“It is another game which has probably slipped away from us but sometimes these things happen.

“It could have gone the other way because they had a little spell for five or 10 minutes in the second-half where there was a lot of balls bouncing around our box and we had to defend well.

"I think we protected Sam Hornby’s goal pretty well. I think he has made two routine saves.

"We are a bit disappointed but take the point and we move on."