Jimmy Juan scored on his debut and was the star man to earn a point for Chesterfield after David Mooney’s first half goal.
Brusbabe Road has rarely been a happy hunting ground for Chesterfield. League Cup wins in 1960 and 1978 plus a couple of goalless draws have been Spireites’ only reward in this East End parish.
Indeed no travelling Chesterfield side has even scored a goal at this ground in a league game. Not since January 1909, when The O’s played at nearby Millfields Road, has a visiting goal been scored in a points bearing match.
Central midfielder Juan became only the fourth French-born player to represent Spireites. Ollie Bernadeau, Seb Grimaldi and team-mate Alex Mendy are the others. Tcham N’Toya was a French national but born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sixteen games and four months have passed since Spireites last banked three points and 21 games in all competitions have failed to see a clean sheet kept as the B2net side search for that elusive win that is more than desperately needed if beating relegation is to become a reality.
Ridehalgh’s cross just eluded Bowery and Whitaker’s corner, earned by Hurst, was headed clear as Spireites began on the front foot.
Cook crossed in from the left and, n 42 minutes, MOONEY stretched to volley from 8 yards meaning Spireites have failed to keep a clean sheet in 22 games, the worst run of its kind in the club’s history.
Whitaker’s corner caused some flapping at the back but Bowery couldn’t get a contact as Butcher struggled to get to the ball. Davis was booked for a foul on Cox.
After yet another fruitless 45 minutes, John Sheridan’s team talk needed to have been as good as any he’s ever delivered as the live table showed Spireites a whopping eight points from safety.
Whilst the new faces were all performing adequately, up front the visitors had looked toothless, so it was something of a surprise that Lester wasn’t brought on at the start of the 2nd half. However the manager did switch to 4-4-2 with Boden joining Bowery in attack.
Cuthbert made a fine interception to deny Talbot after a great ball from Juan and from the break, Cook hit high from 20 yards. Talbot tackled Cook well as the game began to increase in pace and open up but Spireites were still unable to create a sustained period of pressure.
Some neat play almost opened up the O’s defence but Butcher spotted the danger and nicked the ball off the toes of Talbot. Forbes did well to hold off Bowery, who fouled out of frustration as he was unable to get by the defender.
‘Come on Spireites’ bellowed out the 300 or so visiting fans as they willed their heroes to find some inspiration against the neat and tidy Orient defence. Lee had to save from Lisbie as the hosts reminded the crowd of their attacking threat.
O’s switched Laird for Cook whilst Lester took over from Boden for Chesterfield and the switch immediately brought a goal for the visitors.
With 68 minutes on the clock Lester received on the left, fed Ridehalgh and he passed short to JUAN to turn and score from 10 yards on his debut to register an away league goal at Orient for the first time in 102 years.
Ridehalgh soon crossed in and the ball deflected kindly for Butcher to catch. Cox’s long ranger clipped the outside of the bar as both teams sniffed the chance of a winner. Juan volleyed from 25 yards and Butcher had to be sharp to gather then Trotman had to head clear from Cox as the contest came towards its climax. Tehoue replaced Lisbie. Talbot headed out for a corner and he also headed the kick clear. Talbot was a smidgeon away from a Ridehalgh cross.