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Match Preview: Rotherham

24 August 2012

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Overview –

John Sheridan's side got their League Two campaign up and running on Tuesday evening courtesy of super sub Jack Lester's 93rd minute equaliser against fellow promotion favourites Rochdale. The Spireites created several decent openings against John Coleman's men and had a staggering four chances cleared off the goal-line, before Andrew Tutte's 35-yard thunderbolt stunned the Proact Stadium three minutes after the restart. But talisman Lester stepped off the bench to salvage a richly deserved point for Chesterfield in the dying seconds.

Rotherham, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton. Chris Hackett's 20-yard drive put the Cobblers in front, before Ben Harding struck the underside of the bar for the hosts. Ben Pringle's deflected effort levelled it up three minutes before the break, but Alex Nicholls rounded Millers keeper Scott Shearer to clinch all three points for the home side.

Team News –


Manager John Sheridan will once again have a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of Steve Evans' big-spending Rotherham and Jack Lester will certainly be in the manager's thoughts after having scored both of the Spireites' goals so far this season from off the bench.

Youngster Craig Clay and former Notts County forward Craig Westcarr also had an impact following their introduction, but Sheridan may be tempted to stick with the side that has started both league fixtures so far.


Steve Evans is likely to welcome back defender Johnny Mullins after he missed the defeat at Sixfields, while winger Lionel Ainsworth may be included from the start. Duo Dale Tonge and Nicky Hunt also both remained sidelined for the short trip to Derbyshire. 

The Millers boss was seething after his side's defeat on Tuesday and said after the game, "I don't deal with defeat well and I was up watching the DVD of the Northampton game at 4am on Wednesday morning.

"I think in our opening 10 games we play every one of the teams that I expect to challenging for this division.

"Chesterfield are a good side, a passing side and they have a very good management team. They're starting games very well at the moment so we are expecting a tough, competitive derby."

Last Time Out –


Chesterfield 1-1 Rochdale. (Lester 90+3; Tutte 48)

Chesterfield (4-4-2) - Lee; Forbes, Hird (c), Trotman, Smith; Talbot, Togwell, Randall (Westcarr 75), Whitaker (Clay 75); Richards (Lester 64), Bowery.


Northampton 2-1 Rotherham (Hackett 26, Nicholls 86; Pringle 42)

Rotherham: Shearer, Bradley, Sharps, Arnason, Wilson, Noble, Taylor, O’Connor (Evans 63), Pringle, Odejayi (Revell 77), Nardiello (Agard 55).

One to Watch -

Daniel Nardiello

Coventry-born striker Daniel Nardiello was a product of the Wolverhampton Wanderers youth system and moved to Manchester United in 1999 for a fee of £200,000, but despite graduating through the Carrington academy the 29-year-old has endured an unsettled career.

He made his debut for the Red Devils in 2001 in a 4-0 Worthington Cup defeat to Arsenal, but after scoring 12 goals for the United reserve side he was sent on loan to Swansea City where he scored just one goal in the Football League Trophy.

He made his breakthrough in senior football during the 2003/04 season campaign, which he spent on loan at Barnsley. He scored two goals on his debut for the Tykes before adding another five goals in 16 games for the Yorkshire club before returning to Old Trafford. After establishing himself as a fans' favourite at Oakwell, he returned in the 2004/05 campaign but after a season plagued with injuries he only scored seven goals in 30 appearances.

After being released by United in 2005, Nardiello signed a two-year deal with the Tykes and scored in both the League One play-off semi-final against Huddersfield and a crucial equaliser against Swansea in the play-off final, which Barnsley went on to win 4-3 on penalties.

Nardiello then joined fellow Championship club Queens Park Rangers and returned to Oakwell for a fourth stint in January 2008, but after scoring just once in 13 appearances he returned to Loftus Road. He struggled to make an impact with the Hoops and was shipped out to Blackpool, but injury once again dogged his campaign at Bloomfield Road and he was sent out to League One club Hartlepool United on loan, where he scored three goals in eight games.

Despite impressing at Victoria Park, Nardiello returned to the Seasiders and scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra in the first round of the League Cup in 2009. He then underwent an operation to cure a recurring hip problem and was sent on loan to League Two side Bury where he scored an impressive four goals in six games.

Upon his return to Blackpool, Nardiello made his first league start for the Championship outfit a full 17 months after signing for the club in a 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. In March 2010, he joined Oldham Athletic but on his home debut against Leyton Orient, Nardiello left the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a torn hamstring.

In July 2010, Nardiello completed a switch to League One side Exeter City before winding up at the New York Stadium in two years later. The 29-year-old opened his account for the Millers on his debut, dispatching a fourth minute penalty in a 3-0 win against Burton Albion on the opening day.

Ticket Information -

Tickets for Chesterfield's home match against Rotherham United on Saturday, August 25 are now on general sale.

Prices for this fixture start from £20 adult, £14 concession and £10 juvenile.

Supporters can purchase tickets at the ticket office, by phone, 01246 488 232, oronline.

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