Chesterfield boss Paul Cook was dreaming of Wembley after the Spireites reached the area finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, beating Oldham Athletic 6-5 in a penalty shootout.
Drew Talbot smashed the winning spot kick after Tommy Lee had saved Anton Rodgers’ penalty and the gaffer praised the opposition for the way they played before revealing his excitement to reach the final.
He said: “We knew Oldham would pose us problems. They have great movement and rotation in the middle of the pitch and it’s something similar to the type we try and play.
“We always knew it was going to be a good game and we’re delighted to get through because of the disappointment of being knocked out the FA Cup. We are now in a final and it just excites everyone.”
The 46-year-old admitted that it had been a tough time since the defeat against Southend on Saturday but was delighted to get back to winning ways and prove some doubters wrong.
“It’s been a rough couple of days since we got knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday because people can’t wait to fire bullets, but it’s a long season and we’ve got players that work terrifically hard.
“We were a threat tonight. In the first half, we had a lot of attempts on goal and looked lively. On the back of that, we were playing an excellent side that are going to be a threat to everyone. I thought we were terrific tonight and again, the travelling support go home very happy and I’m pleased for them.”
Jimmy Ryan and Liam Cooper both seemed to pick up knocks during the game and the manager is hopeful they aren’t serious injuries.
“They both got big knocks and are both big players for us so we assess it quickly,” explained the Liverpudlian. “We’ve got a big home game on Saturday with John Sheridan coming back to the club and it’s a game we’re really looking forward to.”
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