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Posted Sat 05 Sep 09 at 16:01 PM

Millers 3 Spireites 1

Chesterfield made two changes to the side that blew the froth off Burton's pint pot in midweek, by bringing Rob Page back in for Kevin Austin and Phil Picken back for Dan Gray. Accordingly, the League team's starting line-up changed for the first time in four games, with Donal McDermott starting from the bench and Wade Small lining up for his full League debut for the Spireites.

The first chance fell to the Spireites on 3 when Wade Small, who ran off an early knock, took a neat pass at the end of a movement involving Allott and Lester, before firing a few yards wide. The opening phase was edgy, on the whole, with the visitors just having the edge. Lee was forced into action to save Le Fondre's shot on 16 and Breckin turned the return out for the game's first corner, which Joseph headed over.

Lee tipped a Le Fondre shot from 25 wide as Rotherham came into the game strongly; the kick was partially cleared but the return cross was poor, and Chesterfield broke through Small, who found Talbot, who was pulled down right on the penalty area line; after consulting with the linesman the referee pointed to the spot. Marc Joseph was booked for the strength of his protests but Lowry kept his head to drive the spot kick past Warrington on 21, to establish a lead for Chesterfield.

Law tried to strike back immediately with a right-footed shot that Lee tipped over for a corner; as the ball came over Le Fondre went down like a sack of spuds but the referee was not interested, awarding another corner, which was dealt with comfortably.

Talbot broke quickly and centred for Lester, who lost Sharps completely and fired goalwards, but the ball was deflected out. Breckin met the corner with his head and powered the ball across the goal and out. Lee spilled a cross on 28 and with Le Fondre waiting, the ball appeared to be knocked back into Lee's hands off a Spireite boot. Picken fouled and the free kick was cleared for a corner as Warne received treatment.

Mills left his foot in on Niven on the half hour and was lucky to escape with only a lecture from the referee.Talbot broke and won a corner on 36 but the kick was easily dealt with. Small broke onto Lester's subtle pass on 37 and went one-on-one with Warrington, but the keeper came out on top. Page's head prevented a cross from reaching Le Fondre on 39 and Chesterfield were able to counter.

Chesterfield's success in keeping the Millers out led to their firing in longer balls, which played into the visitors' hands, and led to the Spireites protecting their 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

Halftime: 1-0 to Chesterfield. Attendance: 4458 (977 from Chesterfield.)

Rotherham shaped to go 4-3-3 at the start of the second half, with the injured Paul Warne being withdrawn in favour of Ryan Taylor. Lester took a ball to the edge of the box and was struck in the face by Joseph's high foot; Under the rules Jack was forced to watch from the sidelines as Allott's volley from a practised routine sped a yard wide.

Law crossed after a run to the byline on 51 and the ball was deflected for a corner, which Lester headed away; Mills' volley from the clearance was way off target. A decent Law ball in forced Lee to work bravely at Joseph's feet. Law was working almost unopposed on the Rotherham right and forced another corner on the hour, which Breckin cleared. Still, Law's growing influence perhaps had John Sheridan considering the replacement of the apparently tiring Talbot. Niven won the ball and found Small, who cross to Lester saw Jack force a corner as Warrington palmed the ball round. The corner was cleared as Small seemed to be held in the box.

A Robertson handball brought a free kick to Rotherham just outside the box on 67. Le Fondre swung at Law's free kick but missed; however Harrison came in beyond the far post to fire home the equaliser.

Lester ran onto a speculative through ball on 69 and shot narrowly side. Mills committed a horrible, late foul on Allott but escaped without a booking. Le Fondre gave Rotherham the lead on 72 with a good finish from 12 yards.

Robertson pulled back Law on 76 and was booked, but Rotherham were left with a free kick five yards outside the box, with Law to deliver. It was pulled back to Mills, who drove it wide.

Chesterfield made a double substitution on 77. McDermott came on for Lowry, while Harsley replaced Niven. Talbot broke into the box on 78 but Mills cleared. Harsley was robed in midfield and Ryan Taylor shot; the ball came back to Ellison, who finished well to extend Rotherham's lead.

McDermott helped the visitors win a corner in stoppage time but Rob Page's header from a short corner went over. Ellison rugby-tackled Talbot and, oddly, was not booked. McDermott whipped in a good free kick but Warrington was not put under pressure. Page blocked Le Fondre and was not shown the sort of leniency extended to Ellison moments earlier, picking up a yellow card for it.

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