Spireites optimistic as Millers pay visit

Chesterfield v Barnet'Jack Lester celebrates his goal.
Chesterfield v Barnet'Jack Lester celebrates his goal.

John Sheridan’s players will be in an optimistic mood when Rotherham United visit the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

Chesterfield FC may have drawn 1-1 against Rochdale but the last-ditch goal from Jack Lester was just reward for the team’s never-say-die attitude.

The point was justly deserved and the goal, a near post header from the veteran frontman in time added on at the end, must have given the Blues players a huge lift.

Manager Sheridan praised his team’s character and was pleased with the way his men kept battling to the final minute.

Although the wily Lester came off the bench to notch the leveller, the form of fellow striker Jordan Bowery was impressive and it cannot be long before he makes the scoresheet.

He came close twice in the early part of the first half only to see his chances cleared off the line. And towards the end, just before the equalising goal, he again had an on-target effort scrambled away.

Ironically, it was Ryan Edward who denied him every time.

In addition, Bowery’s pace and acceleration were tremendous.

Indeed Lester has tipped the Spireites No 21 score 20 goals this season. Let’s hope Jack’s prediction is accurate.

Rotherham, meanwhile, were left down in the dumps after their midweek game after they slipped up at Northampton.

Steve Evans, their manager, felt they were on course for a draw before the hosts hit a late goal to win 2-1.

Evans called it ‘daylight robbery’ and conceding a late goal must have come as a big blow.

Rotherham are the bookies favourites to claim the League Two title and they kicked off the season with a 3-0 win over Burton at their new home, the 12,000-capacity New York Stadium.

Boss Evans joined the club during the spring and has made 11 new signings, eight of whom played in the victory over the Brewers.

One of their major new men is Kari Arnason, an Icelandic international, who was lured to South Yorkshire from Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen.

Arnason, who stands 6ft 3in tall, is currently operating at the heart of the defence but he can also play in midfield.

The Millers also have a new strike partnership of Kayodi Odejayi and Daniel Nardiello and both scored in the win over Burton.

Another new player is keeper Scott Shearer who arrived at Rotherham from Crawley, where Evans was previously manager.

Chesterfield FC’s match against Rotherham has a scheduled kick off time of 3pm.

The last time the Millers visited north Derbyshire for a league game was in March, 2011, and what a memorable event that was. The Spireites ran out 5-0 winners, a result when sent them 13 points clear at the top and cost manager Ronnie Moore his job.

It was also a great match for Lester, who scored a hat-trick.

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