Chesterfield manager John Sheridan made a number of changes from the side beaten at Tranmere for the visit to Rochdale in the Carling Cup. Aaron Downes came in alongside Dwayne Mattis in central defence, with Dean Holden replacing Drew Talbot at right-back. Drew moved up to right midfield, while Derek Niven came into central midfield alongside Mark Allott. Moving Danny Whitaker to left midfield allowed Dean Morgan to partner Scott Boden up front. Randall, Bowery and Lester were rested to the bench, while Craig Clay, Tendayi Darikwa and Dan Gray received their first call-ups of the season as substitutes.
A poor back-header by Trotman in the second minute nearly let Morgan in, but Lucas just beat the Chesterfield forward to the ball. In a bright Chesterfield start Talbot crossed for Whitaker's head on 3 but Lucas, again, was equal to the effort. At the other end Grimes dropped off to fire goalwards, but wide, on 7.
Chesterfield took a deserved lead on ten minutes. Hard work from Scott Boden allowed him to tee up DANNY WHITAKER to pass the ball into the net. The low-key celebrations matched the satisfyingly simple nature of the goal's construction.
Rochdale won a corner off Smith on 13, but the execution was poor and Tommy Lee's goal was not troubled. Morgan headed on target, but too close to Lucas, a minute later after Smith crossed. A Rochdale free kick on 17 looked to be going too deep but a header came back, and Allott had to hook the ball out of the danger area.
Akpro's hard work in the 20th minute set up an equalising goal for Rochdale that Grimes rolled home in the manner that Whitaker had earlier. Lee was forced to save after Jones and Grimes combined on 25.
Danny Whitaker took Chesterfield's first corner of the game, on 25; Talbot got an angled header across the face of the goal, but Tutte cleared. In a good spell of pressure Chesterfield won a second corner, which Whitaker took; it was headed off Morgan's head by Akpro. At the other end, Whitaker's block went for another Rochdale corner. Akpro fouled Lee as the ball came over.
Holden headed a cross behind for a corner on 32. From the kick, Trotman could only help the ball across the defence with his head. Akpro set Grimes up on 33 with a diagonal ball that took the defence out but the goalscorer's execution was poor. Morgan shot on41 but Trotman stuck out a leg to block.
Niven's smart run into the box met Morgan's throw and a corner resulted, but nothing came from that as the halftime whistle blew.
Halftime: Dale 0 Spireites 0. Attendance: 1718.
An early Dale corner was comfortably caught by Lee. Smith had to be alert to clear after Kennedy's low shot surprised the defence on 48.Dale started the second half the stronger and Grimes shot narrowly over on 49. Akpro drilled a shot wide from a good position on 52.
Trotman recovered well to tackle Morgan on 56 just as he was about to shoot. A free kick to Chesterfield was judged to be too far from goal for Dale to bother with a wall, but Morgan thumped it goalwards with great venom; Lucas spilled it and Talbot looked certain to score, but the keeper came back from nowhere to save in miraculous fashion.
Morgan was first to the ball at the next Chesterfield free kick, on 57; his flighted effort went narrowly wide of the Rochdale post. Akpro beat Downes for pace and advanced on the Chesterfield goal on 63, but he fired wide when he should at least have forced Lee into a save.
Jack Lester came on for Dean Holden after 67 minutes, precipitating positional changes. Talbot went to right-back; Whitaker to right midfield, Morgan to left-mid and Lester went up to partner Boden.
Dale won a corner off a Talbot tackle on 72. The kick was cleared for a Rochdale throw.
Downes presented Grimes with a poor clearance on 74 and he looked bound to score until Lee did brilliantly to save; it looked odds on to fall to Akpro but Talbot came from nowhere to cut the ball out.
Bowery replaced Boden on 75 and immediately played a part in forcing Rochdale onto the back foot, but Niven was forced to clear for a corner as Dale came back at the visitors. Smith headed the corner away.
Whitaker found Lester on the break and Jack fired against the bar; Whitaker put the rebound in but play was called back for a harsh offside call against Lester. Whitaker had to defend at the other end, giving away a corner as Adams breached the defence. Kennedy headed over from the post-corner play.
Lester threaded the ball through to Talbot, who won the Spireites' first corner of the half on 87. Mattis attempted to return it and Lester couldn't quite get in front of Trotman to fashion a chance. Niven and Lester combined to set Bowery away and his cross was deflected for a corner, on 89. Bowery followed up Lester's parried shot to force the ball into the net on the stroke of full time but was judged to be offside.
Full time: Dale 1 Spireites 1
Both sides went into extra time without changes. Talbot read the situation well to prevent Grimes making progress as the extra period started in a strangely subdued manner, in front of a thin crowd. It livened up when Kennedy brought Lester down to concede a penalty on 95 minutes. As is his habit, DANNY WHITAKER buried the ball past Lucas to restore the Spireites' lead.
Rochdale's first substitution of the game saw Thompson replace Kennedy on 97. Dale went for a front two with Grimes a little deeper in the post-sub reorganisation. Morgan's excellent pass to Smith didn't finish with the cross that it deserved, and Lucas was able to save. Morgan found Lester moments later with another crackerjack of a pass, but Lucas managed to soften the power of the ball and it didn't fall for a blue shirt.
Lucas was fortunate to see a clearance blast off Bowery and fly out for a goal kick. The ball was worked to the Chesterfield goalmouth and crossed by Adams, and Dwayne Mattis inadvertently turned the ball into his own net to gift a second equaliser a minute before the break. Dale won a corner as the first period came to an end but Tutte blasted the ball through everybody.
Rochdale began the second half of extra time. Grimes laid the ball back to Tutte on 108 minutes and he shot, but Downes deflected the ball out for a corner. Another corner resulted and Downes beat Trotman to a header; the ball wasn't properly cleared and Thompson found himself with the ball at his feet a few yards out, in front of an open goal. Somehow, he contrived to miss. It didn't matter, though, since Grimes put the ball into the net after Widdowson crossed, to give Dale the lead for the first time in the game, with only nine minutes of the tie left.
Dale continued to press and won another corner as Craig Clay came on For Niven after 112 minutes. Mark Allott went into the book after a late challenge on Adams with four minutes left. Rochdale were able to play the last few minutes out without any worries.