Recap: Danny Rowe's late penalty against Dagenham and Redbridge keeps Chesterfield's play-off hopes alive

Chesterfield’s hopes of making the play-offs are likely to hinge on today’s crunch clash against Dagenham and Redbridge (3pm KO) as Spireites fans return to the Technique Stadium for the first time in 14 months.

By Liam Norcliffe
Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 7:16 pm
Danny Rowe made it 1-1.
Danny Rowe made it 1-1.

The Blues are in the last play-off spot in seventh on goal difference, while the Daggers are 11th and four points behind.

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Around 3,000 Town supporters will be inside the Technique to cheer their team on.

Liam Norcliffe is at the game and will have all the build-up, team news updates and reaction.

Chesterfield v Dagenham & Redbridge: LIVE UPDATES

Last updated: Saturday, 22 May, 2021, 21:22

  • FT: Chesterfield 2 v 1 Dagenham & Redbridge
  • Spireites remain 7th and keep play-off hopes alive with late win in front of returning fans
  • Danny Rowe scores two, including 86th minute penalty
  • Liam Gordon gave Daggers lead after half an hour, Rowe equalised before half-time
  • Dagenham's Jones sent off for second yellow with 12 minutes to go
  • Three changes for Chesterfield as Gunning, Taylor and Weston replace Yarney, McCourt and Yussuf.
  • (3-4-2-1): Montgomery; Evans, Gunning, Maguire; Carline, Weston, Oyeleke, Taylor; Mandeville, Clarke; Rowe. Subs: McCourt, Whelan, Rowley, Tyson, Yussuf.

COYB!

The players make their way out of the tunnel to a wall of noise.

Come on Town!

Time for reflection

Applause rings around the Technique as pictures of loved ones we have lost in the last year are being shown on the big screen. Once a Spireite, always a Spireite.

Countdown to kick-off

Good afternoon everybody!

The Technique is filling up nicely and the atmosphere is building ahead of what is a big, big game for both teams.

You can already feel the energy of the crowd, it’s been 445 days since we last had fans inside this great arena.

Let’s hope the match lives up to expectations and Town can get the job done.

Stay tuned for live updates and all the reaction afterwards.

COYB!

Liam’s pre-match video HERE

Team news thoughts from fan writer Ben

The team news is in then and we now know the eleven that will take the field to be welcomed by the fanatic 3,000 inside the Technique Stadium this afternoon.

There’s three changes for the Spireites from the goalless draw against Wealdstone, with Gavin Gunning, Curtis Weston and Joel Taylor coming for Josef Yarney, Jak McCourt and Adi Yussuf.

Three very welcome changes in my opinion, with Gunning and Weston in particular vital in upholding the spine of the Town side, aiding organisation and ensuring they aren’t vulnerable to the counter attack, which they sometimes appeared to be in their absence.

Joel Taylor also offers defensive stability, as well as a different and notable threat going forward, and if he can be as dangerous as he has been in games such as the one away at Bromley, he could play a key role in nudging the Spireites towards victory this afternoon. In any case, today will not be easy though. Dagenham and Redbridge come into this game in red hot form and, by James Rowe’s own admission, Chesterfield are somewhat limping towards the line, both figuratively and literally, so I think viewing this game objectively, you’d have to have the visitors down as the favourites.

That said, the element of the fans adds another dynamic to this game, and I really feel the presence of that 12th man could get the adrenaline flowing through those tired Town legs and push them over the line. For that reason, I’ll go for a hard-fought 1-0 Chesterfield victory this afternoon.

How the visitors line-up...star man Balanta missed out

TEAM NEWS - Three changes

Three changes for Chesterfield as Gunning, Taylor and Weston replace Yarney, McCourt and Yussuf.

(3-4-2-1): Montgomery; Evans, Gunning, Maguire; Carline, Weston, Oyeleke, Taylor; Mandeville, Clarke; Rowe. Subs: McCourt, Whelan, Rowley, Tyson, Yussuf.

Not long until the turnstiles open!

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