Stockport County 0 Chesterfield 0

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Last updated : 07 October 2003

Acting Stockport boss John Hollins blasted his team after another poor showing, this time in a 0-0 draw against fellow strugglers Chesterfield.

The Hatters were looking for three points against the basement boys but, without leading scorer Luke Beckett up front, they lacked a killer instinct in front of goal.

And Hollins warned: "Sometimes things have got to get a lot worse, before they get a lot better." On this showing, a dire display from both teams, it is hard to fathom just how the former Rochdale manager will turn things around after eight games without a win.

Not that it is any better for Chesterfield, whose record is worse, and who are now without a win in their last 13 matches.

"We were poor quality," said Hollins, "But at least we got a point.

"Weve lost Luke Beckett, but we need to soldier on.

"We are down to the bare bones, but even then, we should still be picking up points." And the Hatters were left rueing their left chances in a game which offered little for the spectators.

Stockport’s best chances came from second half substiutute Kevin Ellison, who went close with a volley and then shot into the side netting in the space of four minutes.

However, the visitors had their fair share of chances and were unlucky not to break the deadlock when Jamie Cade saw a delicate lob trickle agonisingly wide off the right hand post, while left back Allan O'Hare also held his head in dismay as his powerful curling free kick whistled inches wide of the woodwork.

But this match only came to life in the 90th minute when late introduction Ellison clashed with Steve Blatherwick on the left hand touchline.

Blatherwick was shown red for lashing out at the County winger and Chesterfield were forced to battle on to the bitter end with just ten men.

Ellison was shown yellow for his part in the altercation, but it was little consolation to boss Roy McFarland, who will now lose his defender for three matches through suspension.

"He just lost his head and discipline," admitted McFarland. "But I’ve got to defend him today because I felt he was provoked all through the match and the referee did nothing about."

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