Chesterfield 2-1 Rochdale- Report
Report of match 21st April 2012
Chesterfield 2-1 Rochdale- Report.
Spireites alive and kicking
Chesterfield staged a dramatic late fightback to keep their slim survival hopes alive with a 2-1 home victory that sends Rochdale down to npower League Two.
The visitors took a 73rd-minute lead through Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, but Scott Boden equalised with 10 minutes left and Danny Whitaker completed the comeback five minutes later.
It means Rochdale are down and Chesterfield will join them unless they win their last two games and other results go their way - but a third straight victory means they are still in there fighting.
Rochdale were the better side for much of the match and deservedly went in front when Akpa-Akpro ran at the defence and bent a right-footed shot past Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee from the edge of the area.
Lee kept his team in it with a great save from Nicky Adams and that proved crucial because Boden levelled in the 80th minute when Jordan Bowery headed a cross down into his path.
Dale's fate was sealed when Franck Moussa rattled the crossbar from 20 yards and Whitaker pounced on the rebound to keep Chesterfield in npower League One for another week.
|Competition: npower League One Date: Saturday, 21st April 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Whittington Moor|
|2 - 1||Rochdale
Akpa Akpro 73
|6||Simon Ford (Robertson 33)|
|23||Mark Randall (Boden 66)|
|9||Craig Westcarr (Whitaker 58)|
|3||Gregor Robertson (Ford 33)|
|19||Scott Boden (Randall 66)|
|10||Danny Whitaker (Westcarr 58)|
|27||Sean McConville (Adams 60)|
|15||Joe Thompson (Grimes 88)|
|26||Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro|
|10||Ashley Grimes (Thompson 88)|
|11||Nicky Adams (McConville 60)|
|Chesterfield cards shown|
|44 mins||Mark Randall||Unsporting behaviour|
|76 mins||Jordan Bowery||Unsporting behaviour|
|Rochdale cards shown|
|52 mins||Joe Widdowson||Unsporting behaviour|