Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt was in no doubt his team should have put Chesterfield to the sword at the Proact Stadium, after they were instead forced to accept a 2-2 draw.

The Bluebirds dominated the first half, with the only frustration being they hadn’t added to goals from Brad Barry and Scott Quigley that for so long looked to be guiding them to their first away win of the season.

However, the mood at half-time changed when Scott Boden’s penalty off the final kick of the first half gave the Spireites a lifeline and spared them being booed off by their home fans.

More chances came and went in the second half and AFC’s wastefulness haunted them again on the road, as Mike Fondop earned a barely-deserved point for the home side, to follow up similar frustrations at Wrexham and Stockport.

Evatt said: “I think that anyone who was sat here today would be honest and say we should have been, no exaggeration, seven up at half-time.

“The way we played in the first half was outstanding. We put it all together, apart from the final piece of the jigsaw, really.

“The way we used our energy, our legs, we used the midfield, the front three were a threat and we’ve cut them to ribbons at times and the missing piece is scoring six or seven.

“Having said that, when you’re score two away from home, you should win.

“Connor Brown gives the referee a decision to make before half-time and he doesn’t need to do that and again, it’s us conceding at the wrong times and it changes the whole dynamic of the game.

“It changes the atmosphere in the stadium – I played here for many years and I know once they’ve got something to sing about, they’ll back their team and they’ve probably got them an undeserved point in the end.”