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Doncaster Rovers Flashback

24 November 2015

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Ahead of the Spireites' clash with Doncaster Rovers in League One tonight we look back at a memorable tie between the sides in 2005.

Doncaster and Chesterfield have met on a few occasions over the past few seasons with both sides competing in League One last year.

However, these were the first league meetings since 2007 with Chesterfield dipping between League One and Two and Doncaster having a spell in the Championship.

Doncaster Rovers 0 - 1 Chesterfield – Saturday. February 12, 2005

The 2004-05 was the first season since the change from Divisions Two and Three to League One and Two and both Chesterfield and Doncaster Rovers were competing in the newly named League One.

Chesterfield had narrowly avoided the drop in the past two seasons narrowly edging out Grimsby Town in their most recent game.

As for Doncaster, they were on the back of a promotion-winning campaign becoming the last club to win the old Division Three.

However, it looked as though both sides would be fighting to avoid relegation come May by the time Chesterfield visited Doncaster, Rovers were in with an outside chance of earning a play-off spot sitting in 11th.

Similarly the Spireites were having a good campaign and sat just two positions below Doncaster in 13th.

Chesterfield’s form however was far from spectacular and the visitors had only won one of their last ten league games in the lead up to the game; a 3-2 win over Bristol City.

Donny on the other hand came into the game in fine form having only lost one of their last seven games. They had also racked up three consecutive wins against Port Vale, Oldham and Hull in the lead up to the game.

The game turned out to be a hard-fought mid-table clash with both sides still having a small hope of claiming a play-off spot.

An evenly contested game was decided in the 87th minute when Chesterfield substitute Tcham N’Toya scored the winner to give the Spireites all three points.

It looked like it would be a long afternoon for the visitors when striker Wayne Allison pulled up with an injury after just nine minutes of the game.

This forced manager Roy McFarland to introduce N'Toya and change the side early on. Doncaster did have much of the play in the first-half. John Doolan managed to find some space on the edge of the area for the home side but his shot was blocked by Ian Evatt.

Donny defender Tim Ryan soon followed this up with a long-range effort that whistled past the post.

However, Chesterfield weren’t under too much pressure and created a few half chances themselves with Caleb Folan twice getting a shot away but he couldn’t find the back of the net but was also booked and the sides went in level at the break.

Again the sides were relatively even throughout the second half with neither team really amounting much offence.

Doncaster came close again through Doolan but again he could only drag his effort wide.

With the game going on the Spireites began to grow in confidence and Aaron Downes came close with a header but the game remained goalless.

This was until the 87th minute when early substitution N’Toya broke the deadlock and put Chesterfield ahead. The Congolese forward managed to take and poke the ball home after a melee inside the area to give the Spireites a late and memorable victory to move them above Doncaster in the table.

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