Another big game for the Spireites as they entertain Rochdale, a defeat for either side would see the losers relegated. Sheridan plays an unchanged team, the same starting 11 for their last 3 matches. Even if the Spireites won they could still be relegated if Walsall and Leyton Orient both win their games.
Chesterfield struggled from the start, failing to string passes together, they kept giving the ball away far too easily. Neither side causing any real threat in the first half, so ending 0-0 as they went into the break. The news from the other games was not good, with both Walsall and Leyton Orient winning, if the results stayed the same the Spireites would be relegated.
Chesterfield were still strugging, Rochdale were looking the most likely to score. News that Walsall were now drawing 2-2, gave the hope of staving off relegation for another week at least. Although all hope suddenly disappeared, when Akpa Akpro found himself acres of space and scored from 18 yards out.
Something needed to happen, with all subs now used. Robertson had come on in the first half for the injured Ford. Whittaker had replaced Westcarr and Boden had come on for Randall. The visitors nearly made it 2 nil, but Adams was denied from a brilliant save from Tommy Lee. Robertson managed to get a cross in, Bowery nodded it down, and Boden beat Edwards, the Rochdale keeper to the ball and slotted it home. Suddenly the place erupted the crowd were on their feet, could the Spireites find a winner with just 9 minutes of normal time remaining.
The news that Walsall were now losing, if the Spireites could find a goal from somewhere, then the battle against relegation would carry on for another week. Suddenly Chesterfield were showing the passion and belief that had been missing for the first 80 minutes of the game. Moussa had a chance to put the spireites in the lead, agony and despair as his shot crashed against the crossbar. Whittaker ran in from nowhere, to slot it past the keeper with only four minutes remaining. Again the place erupted, the relief that relegation had been avoded for another week as the final whistle went. A thought to Rochdale, as their fans applauded their team off the pitch, they had given their all, and sadly became the first team from League One to be relegated.
Chesterfield now travel to Yeovil, knowing a win could take them into the final game of the season, if Walsall fail to win their game. Who would have thought that when they lost at Walsall a couple of weeks ago. Keep the faith.
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I am a blogger for the Derbyshire Times living in Chesterfield. I like to write about the Spireites, whom i follow Home and Away. I will be writing on here, about the season ahead, Match previews, Reports...