PENALTY hero Luke Norris was grateful for the injury-time present delivered by Chesterfield defender Scott Wiseman even though he felt it was no more than his side deserved having been on the end of some earlier ref justice in the 2-2 draw at the County Ground.

Norris was tugged to the floor by Wiseman in the dying seconds in front of the Town End, prompting referee Lee Collins to point to the spot to allow the Swindon man to net his ninth goal of the campaign by sending goalkeeper Joe Anyon the wrong way.

That cancelled out the Spireites' lead given to them by Jack McCourt's stunning long-range strike, Town having taken the lead early in the second period through Timi Elsnik only to see Kristian Dennis level before the hour mark.

The Town substitute, whose return from injury came earlier than expected after Harry Smith’s first-half departure with a head knock, showed a cool head to earn the home side their point but conceded the opportunity had come gift-wrapped by the Spireites’ left-back as he attempted to reach a looping cross from John Goddard towards the back post.

“I was quite surprised really because the cross was quite deep and I’m sort of struggling to get there,’’ said Norris.

“Their lad has misjudged it, maybe thinking I’m a bit closer to it and he’s pulled us down.

“It’s silly on his behalf because if he leaves it I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do anything with it anyway.

“I think we should have had a penalty in the first half, we scored in the first half, but that sort of levelled it out in the end.

But it’s still two points dropped in my eyes.’’

Norris had been on the field for a matter of minutes when he was convinced he had given Town the first-half lead, his header from Matty Taylor’s corner being cleared by the defence although the ball appeared to have crossed the line.

“I spoke to their player who cleared it off the line and the lad who was marking me and I think it was at least a foot and a half (over the line) maybe two, but that’s football, it happens.

“You’re sore but you’ve got to get on with it.

“You always get those days in football where you could almost be out there all day and it’s not going to happen for you, but we came out second half and scored within two or three minutes and thought ‘great, the first half is forgotten.’

“Then we concede a goal which we shouldn’t really concede then they score a goal from 35 yards, maybe more, which is in the bracket of you can’t really do anything about.

“I think it took guts from everyone.

“The (refereeing) decisions I think for both sides were poor. It was a poor night in that sort of aspect, but we dug in, got a few chances and then got the penalty late on.’’