On Saturday 13th November I went to the B2Net Stadium to watch Chesterfield face Paul Peschisolido’s Burton Albion.
Chesterfield came in to this match unbeaten at home, and sitting top of the league. The last time I saw Chesterfield play Burton Albion, the Spireites had beaten the Brewers 5-1 with a very good performance so we had high hopes for today’s game on the back of our incredible start to the season.
However, Burton got of to a flying start, taking the lead after just 4 minutes. Jack Hunt made a poor pass back to Simon Ford, who was barged out of the way by the Burton attackers and James Collins put the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
Chesterfield began to play better after this early shock, and with just a minute to go before half time, Derek Niven’s shot across goal was deflected into the net by a Burton defender to level the game up. Danny Whitaker, who had clearly got a bit annoyed with the Brewers fans behind the goal, picked up the ball and fired it into the back of their stand, neary smashing one of the lights!
It was end to end stuff in the second half, with both sides going for the win. On the 60th minute, Derek Niven was given a straight red card for a perfectly fair tackle, by Premiership referee Lee Mason. By now the referee had totally lost it, not knowing what was going on, which really did make you wonder how he copes with taking charge of Premier League matches.
Burton took advantage of this extra man by bringing on their top goalscorer Shaun Harrad for the last 30 minutes. With 6 minutes to go, Harrad got the ball on the edge of the area, turned and placed a slow shot into the bottom corner of the goal.
This defeat meant that Chesterfield had finally lost at home but one consolation was that we were still top of the league by 2 points.
After the game, the Burton Albion players (especially Darren Moore) didn’t get the greatest of receptions from many of the home fans, but I still got pictures with manager Paul Peschisolido, and Burton players Darren Moore and Shaun Harrad.
It was dissapointing to lose at homefor the first time, but were still top of the league so its not all bad!