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Spireites complete remarkable comeback with stoppage time equaliser

Chesterfield completed an unbelievable comeback to draw 3-3 against Ebbsfleet United, in a game which also saw goalscorer Will Evans save a penalty after Callum Burton was sent off in the closing moments.

A poor first half saw boos ring out around the Proact Stadium at half-time, with the Spireites finding themselves 3-0 down.

However goals from Tom Denton and Marc-Antoine Fortune gave Chesterfield hope going into 6 minutes of Stoppage time.

What followed was one of the most dramatic finales ever seen at the Proact as Will Evans scored an equaliser, sparking a pitch invasion from supporters.

After play had resumed, Spireites' keeper Callum Burton was given a straight red card and conceded a penalty after lashing out at an opposition player.

Goalscorer Evans took the gloves and the orange Jersey, and saved the penalty in what was the final action of the match, sparking jubilant celebrations around the Proact Stadium.

After the game, caretaker manager John Pemberton told the press: "If you wrote that at half time, we’d be 3-0 down, get it back to 3-3, the goalkeeper will get sent-off, centre-half will go in and save it you’d go 'nah it's never going to happen'."

“We needed a little bit of luck and I felt we earned our luck in the second half with how we went about the half. They just played with no fear.”

And stoppage-time hero Evans described the action as 'surreal' when trying to sum up the frantic ending to the game.

He said: "It was crazy to be honest with you. The feeling of scoring the equaliser was incredible and having to face a penalty was bizarre. It wasn't a great penalty but you still have to be there and save it so it was a great feeling."

However the celebrations during the Spireites' 3rd goal were marred by some supporters invading the pitch, and the club have confirmed the FA are investigating the incident.

A statement on Chesterfield FC's official website says: "Incidents which occurred towards the end of today’s game against Ebbsfleet United are not acceptable to Chesterfield Football Club and the club condemns the conduct of a minority of supporters.

"The club will fully co-operate with Derbyshire Police and the FA investigation which is now underway. The implications for the club are very serious and an appeal is made to supporters to not engage in matters of pitch encroachment at any time. There have also been a number of serious allegations relating to racial abuse and physical contact involving opposition players.

"The club intends to deal with these matters strongly and as and when individuals are identified, banning orders will be issued. We would urge anyone with information about the incidents to contact the club. All communication will be dealt with on a confidential basis."

 

 

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