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Rochdale Hold Chesterfield Goalless

22 August 2015

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A game with tenacity and chances somehow ended with a 0-0 scoreline at the Proact as both sides went close but neither was able to grab a winner.

Sylvan Ebank-Blake went closest for the Spireites when he forced a tremendous Josh Lillis save in the first half while former Chesterfield man Donal McDermott went one-on-one with Tommy Lee, the Spireites number one coming out on top as he smothered the shot.

It was a game of missed opportunities as both Chesterfield and Rochdale played out a 0-0 draw in their fourth Sky Bet League 1 match. 

The first half started quietly with both teams struggling to get a hold of the game. The first chance of the match came for the visitors with former Chesterfield player McDermott running from the halfway line but his shot was deflected for a corner. 

The Spireites registered their first shot of the match when winger Dan Gardner whipped in a corner which found Ian Evatt at the back post who headed straight at keeper Josh Lillis.

Rochdale were struggling to keep Evatt quiet from corners, this time Dan Jones found the defender but he only managed to get a toe onto it which resulted into a goal kick. 

With 30 minutes on the clock a teasing cross from Drew Talbot met Ebanks-Blake but the striker lost his footing at the vital moment and Rochdale managed to clear.  

Ebanks-Blake had the best chance in the first half when a well-worked move which started from Sam Morsy, the midfielder flicked it over McDermott then found Novak who crossed it in for Ebanks-Blake, but Lillis made a fine one-handed save to deny the experienced striker. Rochdale responded with an effort of their own but Peter Vincenti header over.

The second half saw Rochdale enter fastest out of the blocks, striker Ian Henderson should have gave Rochdale the lead but he flicked his effort over from eight yards. 

Five minutes into the second half Ebanks-Blake and Novak linked up well, but Novak’s attempt wasn’t enough to beat the Rochdale 'keeper.  

The game was being played at a much higher tempo and the lively McDermott could have gave Rochdale the lead but Lee denied him with a fine stop in a one-on-one situation. 

Midway through the second half both teams were struggling to make a clear attempt on goal. O’Shea and substitute Ariyibi were linking up well on the left hand side, Ariyibi delivered a great cross into the box but no one was there for the tap-in. 

It took another ten minutes for any team to muster a chance. Tricky winger McDermott was causing more problems for the Chesterfield full backs, he found Andrews with a good cross but he was to slow to react, and after a scramble Chesterfield managed to clear. 

A good in-swinging cross from Jones found Ebanks-Blake and Evatt in the area but they couldn’t put their head onto the ball and it ended up bouncing out for a goal kick. 

The visitors were dominating on chances in the second half, this time McDermott’s free kick from 25 yards out was save brilliantly by Lee. Another chance from Rochdale saw Ashley Eastham head over from McDermott’s free kick. 

With five minutes added on Chesterfield were pushing to find a victory, pacey winger Ariyibi was causing trouble and his cross couldn’t meet anybody in the area. 

There was one more great chance for the Spireites and Ariyibi again was part of it, he took on two players in the Rochdale area before hitting the side netting. 

With plenty of attempts from both teams the game finished 0-0 and Chesterfield go in next week’s game against Millwall with plenty of positives.  

Chesterfield: Lee (gk) - Jones, Evatt, Hird, Talbot - Gardner (Ariyibi 63'), Morsy (c), Angel, O'Shea - Novak (Banks 76'), Ebanks-Blake (Gnanduillet 86')

Subs not used: Cairns (gk), Humphreys, Raglan, Harrison

Rochdale: Lillis (gk) Rafferty, McNulty, Lancashire (Eastham 58'), Vincenti, McDermott (c), Allen, Camps (Bennett 58'), Kennedy, Bunney (Andrew 38'), Henderson

Subs not used:Alessandra, Tanser, Collis, Rose

Attendance: 6,254 (389 away supporters)

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