Late fightback sends Dale down
Chesterfield staged a dramatic late fightback to keep their slim survival hopes alive with a 2-1 home victory that sends Rochdale down to npower League Two.
The visitors took a 73rd-minute lead through Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, but Scott Boden equalised with 10 minutes left and Danny Whitaker completed the comeback five minutes later.
It means Rochdale are down and Chesterfield will join them unless they win their last two games and other results go their way - but a third straight victory means they are still in there fighting.
Rochdale were the better side for much of the match and deservedly went in front when Akpa-Akpro ran at the defence and bent a right-footed shot past Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee from the edge of the area.
Lee kept his team in it with a great save from Nicky Adams and that proved crucial because Boden levelled in the 80th minute when Jordan Bowery headed a cross down into his path.
Dale's fate was sealed when Franck Moussa rattled the crossbar from 20 yards and Whitaker pounced on the rebound to keep Chesterfield in npower League One for another week.