THRILLER ENDS ALL SQUARE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Rob­bie Gill

APULSATING game at Spot­land ended with Rochdale and Ch­ester­field shar­ing the points de­spite Dale win­ning two penal­ties in as many first-half min­utes.

An­drew Tutte’s spot-kick can­celled out Marc Richards’ opener be­fore new sign­ing Scott Ho­gan gave Dale the lead - only for Gary Roberts to se­cure a point with a glo­ri­ous chip.

Dale boss Keith Hill be­lieved the ref­eree made the right call to award his side two penal­ties within min­utes but be­lieved a draw was the right re­sult in the end.

He said:“The ref­eree made the cor­rect de­ci­sions, you can’t ar­gue with that. There’s al­ways a furore from the fans but he got them both right.

“It was an ex­cel­lent game be­tween two teams who wanted to play. I’m pleased we’ve stood up to one of the best teams in the league.We’ll be close and we’re on track.

“Peo­ple say­ing that our first goal was sloppy should show more re­spect, it was a tremen­dous counter-at­tack­ing goal, a great fin­ish.

“For their sec­ond goal we just gave the ball away in the wrong area which was care­less, but it was a great pass and a top fin­ish from one of the best play­ers in the league, Gary Roberts.”

Ch­ester­field went ahead on 19 min­utes, when Roberts drifted in off the right and floated in a near post cross which Richards headed pow­er­fully home.

Chaos en­sued on 29 min­utes as Michael Rose was fouled by Samy Morsy in the area but Ge­orge Don­nelly smashed his spot-kick against the up­right.

The Spire­ites joy was short­lived as sec­onds later Roberts’ clumsy foul gifted the Dale an­other chance - this time Don­nelly coolly sent Tommy Lee the wrong way.

Dale went ahead on 51 min­utes, Ho­gan glanc­ing a long ball to Ian Hen­der­son and col­lect­ing the re­turn be­fore skip­ping past Ryan Edwards and curl­ing his shot into the far cor­ner.

On 65 min­utes Ch­ester­field drew level when Roberts ghosted in be­hind the Dale de­fence and lifted a beau­ti­ful chip over the on­rush­ing Josh Lil­lis.

Ch­ester­field boss Cook be­lieves Rochdale will be a tough side to beat at Spot­lands this sea­son and was pleased to have left with a share of the spoils af­ter an en­thralling en­counter.

He said: “It was a great game with two teams that can score.

“It was a fair re­sult in the end. It had in­ci­dents, talk­ing points, good goals, that’s what football is all about.There were two penal­ties in the space of min­utes and it was a big turn­ing point but ref­er­ees make de­ci­sions and I’m not go­ing to get in­volved in that.

“The first goal was im­por­tant but they have a strong side and man­ager and no team will come here and play Rochdale off the park that’s for sure.

“Th­ese lads have got the qual­ity there’s no doubt­ing that, we’ve had a solid start and we just want to win games and see where it takes is in the end.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

HIGH FIVES: Ch­ester­field cel­e­brate Gary Roberts’ goal. Inset: Rochdale's An­drew Tutte scores from the spot

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