' A moment of unforgettable, unconfined joy' - Chesterfield fans make big impression on national media against Chelsea
Chesterfield’s amazing support at Chelsea made a big impression on the national media.
Almost 6,000 Town fans were inside Stamford Bridge and they made sure everyone knew they were there, singing from minute one to the last.
Here’s what has been said about the Spireites’ day out in west London...
Journalist Phil McNulty said the atmosphere was ‘wonderfully enhanced by the noisy and colourful presence of around 6,000 Spireites fans.’
He said the ‘biggest cheers’ of the game came when Akwasi Asante found the back of the net.
"It was a moment of unforgettable, unconfined joy for Chesterfield and their fans - and fully merited for their tireless contribution to an entertaining FA Cup third round tie,” he reported.
“Spireites fans took over the entire Shed End...they were never silenced in support of manager James Rowe and his players."
Oliver Holt focused on Chesterfield’s injustice against Middlesbrough in the semi-final 25 years ago.
"It had eaten at them since, especially as their fortunes plunged and took them out of the Football League,” Holt wrote.
“As the clock began to tick down, Asante seized his moment in the sun, the Chesterfield supporters went berserk and the pain of 25 years of seething injustice fell away.
“The roar from the 6,000 travelling fans in the Shed End echoed from one end of the King’s Road to the other.”
The newspaper reported that Chesterfield left Stamford Bridge with their dignity intact.
"And Akwasi Asante will always have a goal scored at the home of the reigning European champions. Chelsea still haven’t lost a third-round tie in the 21st century.”
The paper said that Chesterfield ‘far from disgraced themselves’ in front of their ‘vocal’ travelling fans.
"When Asante tapped into the net from a few yards late on it represented a victory of sorts for the Spireites,” they reported. “Asante's goal was the least they deserved.”
They led with Romelu Lukaku and his goal after he was dropped for the Liverpool game last week following an interview in which he cast doubt over his Chelsea future.
But they also praised the Spireites fans, saying there were ‘jubilant celebrations among their raucous travelling fans’ when Asante scored, adding that Chesterfield ‘had the last word.’