Bristol Rovers manager John Ward thought his team missed a trick after they were trumped by a brilliant save from Tommy Lee as Chesterfield went on to win 2-0 at the Proact Stadium.

Ward saluted Lee's superb save to deny striker Eliot Richards and claimed his players had the chance to take control of the game in the first half.

Jay O'Shea and Armand Gnanduillet secured the points for Chesterfield in the second period.

"It was a great save," he said. "It was a great shot and an even better save because it looked a goal. Fair play to Tommy, he's an agile and capable goalkeeper and that's what he does.

"That's got to be right up there with his best because everyone in the ground thought it was in. But I think we missed an opportunity in the first half. I think Chesterfield had their first effort after 31 minutes and we had a chance if we could have raised our game in that period.

"But once they got their goal they looked a very good side, their tails were up, their confidence was restored and we found it very difficult to compete with them in the second half. I have no complaints about the result and the better team won but we missed an opportunity."

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said: "I could sit here and praise Tommy Lee but I would be here all night. He's a top goalie and top goalies make good saves. When you are building a team and looking to go forward you have a chance if you have a top keeper.

"We are a club that expects to get promoted and expects to be at the top end of the division. Unfortunately we aren't and for us to get there we have to have good players and a lot of ours are and they must turn up."

He added: "It's mathematically possible for us to go up with nine games to go and I believe, everyday I think we are going to get promoted and I will drive this club forward as best I can.

"The result at Cheltenham hurt, (a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night) the 92nd minute goal was not what we deserved so to bounce back against a very strong Bristol Rovers team is a very important result."