Chesterfield 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday – League 1


On Saturday 18th February I was at the B2Net Stadium to watch Chesterfield play local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Today’s game saw the 3rd match against Sheffield opposition this season and having lost the previous 2, I was desperate for the Spireites to get a result against the Owls today. Neither side came in to today’s game in great form and besides the obvious local rivalry, a win today was vital in helping out Wednesday’s automatic promotion push and Chesterfield survival hopes respectively.

The weather was rainy in the build up to the game but nonetheless there was a decent atmosphere outside the ground with an anticipated sell out crowd. There was also plenty of merchandise on sale ahead of Chesterfield’s upcoming visit to Wembley Stadium for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final for which my tickets are now bought!

By the time kick off arrived the sun had come out and as the game got underway both sets of fans were singing and chanting in an attempt to get behind their teams. Wednesday started strongly and for the first 20 or so minutes dominated the game but the Spireites defence rode the storm and managed to keep the scores level.

Chesterfield began to grow in to the game and became more confident as the first half went on. Liam Ridehalgh forced a good save out of Owls goalkeeper Stephen Bywater and on-loan striker Nicky Ajose fired just wide for Chesterfield but that was as close as the home side came in the opening 45 minutes.

Wednesday continued to have their fair share of the possession and always looked threatening going forward. There were shouts for a penalty around the half hour mark when Tommy Lee dived at Ryan Lowe’s feet to push the ball to safety but the referee only gave a corner, and it was Lowe who came close right on half time with an effort just wide of the goal and at the break it was goalless.

Chesterfield came out in the second half with much more confidence and looked much more dangerous up front. However, the height and presence of Gary Megson’s team meant it was difficult to penetrate through the defence. Dean Morgan, who had replaced the injured Gregor Robertson just before half time, caused the Owls defence trouble a few times but the ball was always cleared before he could get a shot away.

Both sides were pushing for the goal that would almost certainly earn them a massive 3 points, and the Owls changed to a 4-3-3 formation in the hope of finding a winner. However, the Owls looked a lot less dangerous than in the first half and the Spireites continued to grow in confidence as the promotion contenders became more and more frustrated.

A pass from Morgan found Ajose on the edge of the area and he charged in to the box before John Bostock lunged in and brought the attacker down. There was no doubt in the referee’s mind as he pointed to the spot to award the Spireites a penalty. With regular taker Danny Whitaker on the bench, it was Dean Morgan who stepped up and confidently converted the spot kick in front of the 2,802 away fans to give Chesterfield the lead on the 78th minute.

Sheffield Wednesday threw everything they had at Chesterfield in an attempt to salvage a point and not long after taking the lead Tommy Lee had to make an excellent save from Rob Jones’ header to stay ahead, but the Spireites back line managed to hold on and the game ended 1-0 to Chesterfield.

I was delighted to have seen Chesterfield defeat Sheffield Wednesday for the first time and the win keeps us in with a great chance of staying up. The defeat isn’t good news for the Owls who are now 5 points behind 2nd placed Sheffield United having played two extra games.

After the game I had pictures with Wednesday’s Stephen Bywater, Nicky Weaver, Danny Batth, Jermaine Johnson, Lewis Buxton, David Prutton, Richard O’Donnell, Chris Lines, Jose Semedo, Ryan Lowe and Gary Madine. I also had pictures with Chesterfield goalscorer Dean Morgan, Drew Talbot, new loan signing Nicky Ajose, Tommy Lee, Neal Trotman and Craig Westcarr before heading home after a wonderful day’s football. Next up for me is the Sheffield derby a week on Sunday!

Chesterfield 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Morgan ’78 (pen)

Lee, Robertson (Morgan ’45), Trotman, Thompson, Ford, Ridehalgh, Allott, Davis, Talbot, Ajose, Lester (Westcarr ’84)
Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Semedo, R Johnson, Prutton, Prutton, Lines (Morrison ’66), J Johnson (Bostock ’25), O’Grady (Madine ’54), Lowe

The Sheffield Wednesday team coach

The Owls make their first visit to the B2Net Stadium

Its a sell out

A flag on sale in the club shop ahead of the JPT Final at Wembley

Merchandise on sale outside the stadium

Fans arrive to the ground

The Chesterfield players warm up

The Wednesday players warm up

Chester gives a thumbs up

The away supporters

Flag.

A flag on the away end

A flag on the Kop

The players make their way on to the pitch

The teams line up and shake hands ahead of kick off

The Wednesday fans, including Tango, release some balloons before the game

A Chesterfield flag

The official photographs are taken

The Owls players applaude their fans before the game gets underway

Chesterfield kick off

The Chesterfield bench

Gary Megson watches the game

Dave Allen and Chief Executive Chris Turner watch the game. Another ex-Owl and B2Net regular Chris Waddle was also in attendance

Nicky Ajose makes his home debut for Chesterfield

Jack Lester looks to break through the strong Wednesday defence

Ryan Lowe heads the ball over the crossbar

Wednesday continue to pile on pressure early on

Liam Ridehalgh and Chris O'Grady

Gregor Robertson marks Ryan Lowe

At half time the game is level

The players head to the dressing rooms at the break

Jack Lester is closely watched by Rob Jones

Gary Madine is brought on in hope of bolstering the Owls attack

Chesterfield look for a late winner

Dean Morgan scores from the spot

The home fans go crazy

Wednesday restart the game

John Bostock receives a yellow card late on after a frustrated challenge

Anxious Owls fans watch the final few seconds

The Chesterfield supporters applaud the players after just their 4th home win of the season

The players shake hands at full time

Final Score: Chesterfield 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Disappointed Owls fans head home

A good day to be a Spireite

Stephen Bywater

Nicky Weaver

Danny Batth

Jermaine Johnson

Lewis Buxton

David Prutton

Richard O'Donnell

Chris Lines

Jose Semedo

Ryan Lowe

Gary Madine

Chesterfield's ex-Owl Drew Talbot

Nicky Ajose

Goalkeeper Tommy Lee

A final picture with Craig Westcarr, Tommy Lee and Neal Trotman at the end of a great day

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3 comments

  1. What a great little blog you’ve got here. I am very much awaiting your blog entry for when charlton visit chesterfield!

  2. Buxtongent.

    As a lifelong W’ite (60+ years of watching the Owls) and an avid follower of Owlstalk, may I congratulate you, Ryan. I’ve read your previous posts on OT, and can only say that you’re a FOOTBALL FAN. By this I mean that when you go to a match you watch both sides, and your comments are very fair and unbiased. Regretfully, that is not the case with many of our ‘supporters’. Despite my sorrow at losing, it’s pleasing to read your comments, so very full of insight from one so young.
    Keep it up, and keep posting on OT. Unlike many of our posters I APPRECIATE EXCELLENT views.

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