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23 January 2016

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Ahead of the Spireites hosting Millwall this afternoon we look back at a memorable fixture between the two sides at Saltergate.

The meeting in question was in 2006 with both sides competing in League One. This fixture is actually the most recent in which Millwall have visited Chesterfield in any competition.

Chesterfield 5-1 Millwall – August 12, 2006

The Spireites had started the league campaign in impressive fashion with a convincing 3-0 away victory against Bournemouth. This was followed by a goalless draw with Carlisle maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

As for the visitors their season had started very slowly. An opening day draw to Yeovil was followed up with a 2-0 defeat away at Leyton Orient which left Millwall in the early season relegation places coming into the game.

It ended up being a very convincing victory for Chesterfield as they ran out 5-1 victors. Braces from both Paul Hall and Wayne Allison were accompanied by a Caleb Folan goal in a dominant display from the Spireites, Kevin Braniff grabbing a consolation for Millwall.

Chesterfield started the better of the sides and were ahead within 15 minutes as Jamaican midfielder Paul Hall found the net. The visitors failed to clear the ball which allowed Hall to pounce, finding the bottom corner.

The pressure was relentless from the home side as they bombarded the Millwall goal and they soon doubled their lead through Wayne Allison. A low cross found Allison inside the Millwall area and he slotted home neatly from close range to extend Chesterfield’s lead.

However the home side weren’t done for the first half yet. A neat through ball from Mark Allott saw striker Caleb Folan race through on goal. Folan remained composed and slid the ball past an onrushing Lenny Pidgeley to give the Spireites a 3-0 lead going into the interval.

The home side continued were they left off in the first half as they found the net again just six minutes into the second half, Paul Hall managed to poke home a loose ball to grab his second of the afternoon.

Wayne Allison would also score his second of the game in the second half. Millwall’s defence had been suspect all afternoon and they allowed Allison too much time and room inside the area has he fired home the Spireites fifth. 

Millwall’s Kevin Braniff did manage to pull one back for Millwall with 20 minutes remaining, however it didn’t make a difference to the outcome.

The victory took Chesterfield up to third position while Millwall dropped down to 22nd. However both sides’ fortunes would change after the game as Chesterfield failed to win in their next three games and would end up finishing in 21st place. Millwall continued to struggle for a while but a strong second half of the season helped them to a 10th place finish.

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