Since then, Rochdale and Chesterfield have both shared modest success together. Both have twice won promotion from League 2, with Chesterfield, under the guidance of John Sheridan winning the League 2 Championship and Football League Trophy in the space of 9 months. Additionally, since my last visit to Chesterfield both have faced each other 17 times such is the mirrored highs and lows of both clubs with Rochdale winning 6, Chesterfield winning 5 and drawing 6.
With the sun beaming down on the pitch, Rochdale dominated the first half as if they were the home team. Keeping possession in the middle well and passing the ball around through the Chesterfield players. It was only a matter of time were one of Rochdale's onslaughters towards the opposite goal would be scored. Ian Henderson with a delicious chip over the on-rushing Stuckmann from a Keith Keane through ball gave Rochdale the much deserved lead.
Goal number 3 came only two minutes after the last with Jamie Allen dancing his way into the box with the ball and slotting in from close range to make it 3-0, all of which came before half time. Apathy consumed the Proact by this point and Chesterfield heads had dropped.
As the game was coming to a close, Joe Rafferty grabbed the leg of David Faupala after he had been fouled. In retaliation, Faupala kicked Rafferty in the face, right in front of the Assistant Referee. A straight red and summed up Chesterfield's luck in League 1 this season.
The win gives Rochdale an outside chance of a Play-Off place but Chesterfield needed the points more. I imagine the next time these meet for game 18, it will be in the Cup unless the Spireites can bounce back up.