Ahead of the Spireites match against Barnsley in League One this weekend we look back at the trip up to Oakwell last season.
Before last season Chesterfield and the Tykes hadn’t met in the league since 2006, the last time both sides were in League One at the same time.
Barnsley 1-1 Chesterfield – Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Coming into the game Chesterfield had won four League One games on the bounce and had managed to keep clean sheets against Walsall, Bradford and Crewe. The Spireites had also won seven of their last nine games in the league which had moved them from 10th to 6th, meaning they held the last play-off position.
As for Barnsley, they had been in poor form heading into the game with back-to-back losses to Colchester and Sheffield United as well as failing to win in their last five league outings. This poor run of form meant the Tykes had fallen out of the play-off places but a victory over Chesterfield would have seen them move within a point of the Spireites.
The game was a huge one in terms of the play-off chase with only five games of the season remaining. Jay O’Shea opened the scoring midway through the first half however Sam Winnall levelled the game for Walsall after the break. However the point was a better result for the visitors than the hosts.
Chesterfield created the first few openings and it eventually paid off when Jimmy Ryan latched onto a mistake by the Barnsley midfielder Connor Hourihane. Ryan slid the ball in to O’Shea who put the ball across goalkeeper Adam Davies and into the bottom corner to give the visitors the lead.
The hosts pushed to level the game immediately, Martin Cranie hitting the crossbar with a header from a corner. Spireites goalkeeper Tommy Lee then made two fantastic close range stops to maintain the visitor’s slender leader.
Barnsley did equalise when Peter Ramage’s cross went over the Chesterfield defence and Winnall poked the ball home from close range to earn the Tykes a point.
The result was the Spireites' first draw in the league in 14 games but it didn’t affect Chesterfield’s play-off push as they remained 6th and would finish the season in the play-off places.
Barnsley’s poor form continued as they ended up going nine games without a league victory before picking up a 5-0 win over Rochdale on the final day, but they were too far from the play-off spots for it to matter.
The Spireites team: Lee (gk), Darikwa, Evatt, Hird, Talbot, Morsy, Ryan, O’Shea, Roberts, Ariyibi, Clucas.
Subs: Flatt, Gardner, Gnanduillet, Humphreys, Raglan, Harrison, Banks