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Crossley: Play-off charge still alive

14 April 2013

Chesterfield coach Mark Crossley is backing his team to beat the odds and make the play-offs after a stoppage-time strike earned them a 2-2 draw with promotion rivals Bradford.

The visitors looked to have secured victory until Sam Togwell rescued a point for the Spireites by driving home a low shot after a corner was touched on.

It leaves Chesterfield, ninth in the League Two table, four points adrift of seventh-placed Bradford with three matches remaining

Crossley said: "I thought it was a fantastic game, right to the death from the first whistle. It was like an FA Cup tie really and I think in the end it was fair result. Both managers said at the end what a great game it was and I think both teams have to be happy with a point.

"We talk about defining moments in football and maybe that goal in the last couple of minutes was our defining moment of the season, who knows? We are still in there and realistically there are three teams who can get that final spot and we are one of them.

"All you can do is stay in it as long as possible and we are doing that. There are three games to go and if we win all three, I believe we will get that final spot."

Nahki Wells and Ricky Ravenhill had twice put Bradford ahead only for Tendayi Darikwa and Togwell to hit back for the home side, in front of nearly 3,000 travelling City fans.

Bantams manager Phil Parkinson was left frustrated at the way two points were snatched away in the second minute of added time.

"I thought Chesterfield started slightly better than we did but we got through that period and did really well towards the end of the first half and got the goal," he said. "Second half, I thought we completely dominated but they scored from a corner at the end when Togwell got round the back and stuck it in.

"It's really frustrating to concede like that so it's a feeling of disappointment and frustration because we dominated and should have won. I was frustrated with the ref, there were penalty claims in the second half and how we didn't get one of them I will never know, especially a handball which looked to me a clear-cut penalty."

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