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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Spireites' Special: a fan's perspective


Colossus Ryzhikov kept Chesterfield at bay to share the points

Tranmere Rovers 0 Chesterfield 0

Coming into matchday eight, Chesterfield suffered two successive losses (one against Barnsley and the other against the giants Chelsea) and although they were decent performances, we needed to pick up our game against Tranmere Rovers. Marcos Rojo came in for Adam Lallana and Luca Antonelli was given an opportunity ahead of an injured Lorenzo De Silvestri.

The Rovers and the Spireites were familiar foes as they were Division four opponents two seasons ago. Prior to this encounter, the Rovers had adequately dealt with Chesterfield handing us two successive losses (3-0 (home) and 1-0 (away) respectively) however this was a very different outfit then the direction less side who had finished 13th and 17th respectively, this is a well drilled side that had worked their way from cellar dweller to being promoted.

This match would serve as a test to see how far we had come since our previous Division four encounters and oh my how far we have come! Despite the equal share of possession, Chesterfield made the most of ours by carving out some intriguing attacks on goal. I must make note of Ait Fana’s stand out performance in a Spireite jersey providing 5-6 goal scoring opportunities however it was the colossus Ryzhikov who denied us time and time again.

It came to the point where we concluded that it just wasn’t going to be our day and Tranmere keeper Ryzhikov deservedly got the man of the match honours.   

Despite the result, I was happy with the side we created some nice moves but all it lacked was the clinical finish but with Ryzhikov being in the zone, we didn’t stand a chance. More of the same in the next game should suggest we could get our players in “positions to miss” and hopefully grab the three points.  


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