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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Spireites rampant on opening day

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Rotherham United 1 Chesterfield 4 
 Adam LALLANA Photo

Adam Lallana capped off a great game with a valuable brace 

Chesterfield started their season in the best possible way with a dominant 4-1 display against playoff contenders Rotherham United. English international Adam Lallana grabbed a brace, Hiroki Sakai and Rodrigo both got a goal while Marco Van Ginkel replied with a late consolation.

In a week where Chesterfield’s transfer policy was under scrutiny, the Spireites responded in the best way with a masterful display against fierce rivals Rotherham.

Chesterfield came out of the blocks firing with a stunning opener through a lovely finish by English winger Adam Lallana, cutting inside his marker and curling his shot towards the far post, just outside the Miller’s keeper Murara Neto’s reach. The Spireites superior possession bore further fruit when Rodrigo spotted the run of flying Japanese wingback Hiroki Sakai who darted through the midfield and unleashed a powerful drive towards the bottom corner of the net, zipping past Neto to double Chesterfield’s lead, It was a lovely way to mark the Japanese International’s first ever goal for the Spireites since his move from Barnsley three seasons ago.
Spanish starlet Rodrigo was a constant menace for the Millers’ defence and drew a foul in a dangerous area when Italian central defender Luca Caldirola tackled Rodrigo instead of the ball. From the subsequent free kick, Spireites midfielder Mehmet Ekici floated in a delicious cross which was met by Rodrigo’s head burying the ball into the back of the net for a goal.

The surprising Spireites performance silenced the Rotherham crowd with some rare attacking football; Chesterfield completed the rout just after half time when a beautiful piece of vision from Spanish winger Pablo Hernandez switched play to Lallana in open space. The 25 year old then cut inside his marker to curl his shot inside the post, both Lallana’s goals bookended the Spireites dominance.  

The Millers did provide some resistance late in the second half when Man of the Match Marco Van Ginkel showed some fancy footwork and supplied a slide rule pass to Italian striker Immobile, only for Sprieites keeper Claudio Bravo to deny his shot by spreading his body. Rotherham United did pull one back through a well taken free kick by Van Ginkel, beating the Spireites captain Bravo and ruining his clean sheet.

But it was to be the Spireites day and after a splendid opening day performance, the fans can hope for a bright season moving forward. The Chesterfield – Rotherham continued their tradition of providing high scoring affairs with an average of 4 goals per match and today’s game was no different.  

Manager Glory Days was delighted with the opening day win

“It was a superb performance by the lads; I’m really pleased with our efforts. We’ve had a solid offseason and we are looking forward to try to get rid of the bad habits that we picked up last season. I was impressed with how our team responded to a very talented outfit who just last season were in the play-offs.”

When asked about the performance of Adam Lallana

“I thought Adam (Lallana) was excellent today, hopefully a sign of things to come. He has worked hard in the off season in trying to make an impact in every single match and he did just that. He had a difficult run of form last season but is looking to play a bigger role this season. His finishing, dribbling and passing was brilliant today, he showed how classy a player he is.” 

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