Chesterfield 2 – 2 Rochdale

Two late goals rescued a lucky point for Rochdale to deny Chesterfield from leapfrogging them into second place. A game that saw Chesterfield as the better side was strongly affected by the referee as his decision to award Rochdale a penalty for an apparent handball in injury time of the second half, sparked a dramatic comeback as Rochdale’s Peter Vincenti rose above Spireite goalkeeper Tommy Lee to nod home a 93rd minute equaliser.

 

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Chesterfield

Tommy Lee Made a couple of good saves in the first half but at fault for both goals coming for crosses and missing both of them. 6.0
Drew Talbot An injury cut his game short when he didn’t come out for the second half, struggled through injury with pace of the Rochdale attack. 6.0
Liam Cooper A fantastic performance from the young centre half, won every header and made a number of crucial passes and interceptions throughout the match. 9.0
Ian Evatt A solid game for the Spireites captain who dealt well with any aerial balls from Rochdale, was replaced in the second half. 7.5
Nathan Smith Grew into the game as he initially struggled with containing Bunney, however his energy up and down the left hand side made for a strong second half performance. 7.5
Jimmy Ryan After he struggled at Southend he apparent Leeds target was back to his best, rarely giving the ball away and keeping the play miving forward for Chesterfield. 8.0
Sam Morsy Once again Chesterfield’s enforcer in the middle of the park, kept the ball well and allowed the three in front of him to have an effect on the game. 8.0
Gary Roberts A well deserved goal for the Spireite winger as he pulled the strings in the final third for the Derbyshire side. 8.0
Jay O’Shea Faded in and out of the game with moments of brilliance, did well for Chesterfield’s opening goal. 7.5
Ollie Banks Worked his socks off for the side as Chesterfield went 2-0 up, constantly made good runs to open the space for the likes of Roberts to play into. 8.0
Marc Richards A great hard working performance for the centre forward, deserved his goal but was incorrectly sent off in the build up for the penalty. 8.0

Substitutions

Sam Hird An excellent performance from the half-time substitute as he dealt well with the tricky Bunney and then Hogan when he moved to centre half. 7.5
Tendayi Darikwa Provided great energy down the right hand side for Chesterfield in the second half, however game away the free kick that lead to the penalty decision with a silly foul. 7.0
Armand Gnanduillet Failed to make an impact on the game and gave away a goal kick in the build up to the Rochdale equaliser. 6.0

Rochdale

Josh Lillis A competent performance from the Dale keeper, didn’t have a lot of saves to make. 7.0
Joe Rafferty Did well in stages up against Roberts but did struggle with the wingers trickery. 6.5
Oliver Lancashire Did well before he was replaced through injury early in the first half. 6.0
Jack O’Connell Coped well with the aerial threat from Chesterfield and helped in covering his full backs. 7.5
Matt Done Kept O’Shea quiet for periods of the match but struggled against Banks when he ventured out to the right hand side. 6.5
Joe Bunney Started the game well by beating Smith a few times but faded out when switched to the left hand side for the second half. 7.0
Matthew Lund Struggled against the agility of Ryan and Morsy but kept the ball well for Rochdale as they moved forward. 7.0
Gary Dicker Similarly to Lund struggled up against Ryan and Morsy but put in a shift in the centre of the park. 6.5
Scott Hogan Never really got into the match and struggled up against Cooper in the second half. A possible move away could have been playing on his mind. 6.0
Ian Henderson Made some great runs to open up space in the Chesterfield defence but struggled against the strength of Evatt and Cooper. Scored an unstoppable penalty to set up the comeback. 7.0
Graham Cummins Really struggled in the first half up against Cooper and Evatt who used their strength to play him out the game. Was replaced by Vincenti at half time. 6.0

Substitutions

Rhys Bennett Really struggled against the experience and strength of Richards, came into the game more in the second half. 6.5
George Donnelly Was brought on when the game was seemingly out of site but did manage to stretch the Spireites defence slightly. 6.5
Peter Vincenti Failed to create many chances for the Dale but scored the all important equaliser. 6.5

 

Man of the Match

Liam Cooper A strong and powerful performance from the ex-Hull man made for a great centre half display. 9.0


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