Spireites manager Paul Cook was elated to see his team progress to the third round of the FA Cup thanks to a 1-0 win away to in-form MK Dons.Striker Armand Gnanduillet scored his first goal of the season with a towering back post header as the Spireites turned a strong performance into a fantastic win at Stadium MK.
Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, boss Cook reacted to reaching the FA Cup third round for the first time as a manager.
Cook said: “I’m just delighted for everyone at the club. The players, the supporters, the chief executive, we’re all very close at our club and getting into the third round of the cup is huge.
"Most of all I thought the players were absolutely magnificent to a man today. I told them yesterday that we’re not going to take a step back against a very good MK Dons side - we’re going to send our supporters home happy and our performance merited the standing ovation we got today.”
The Spireites boss changed to a 4-4-2 formation for the cup match with Gnanduillet partnering Eoin Doyle up front, and the giant striker rewarded his manager’s faith in him with a goal, much to Cook’s delight.
“He is what he is,” said Cook. “He’s a very young, raw lad. He got a fantastic goal today from a great delivery from Sam Clucas, a great ball in.
"We played well today, we really did. You’ve got to respect this MK Dons team because Karl Robinson has done a great job done here consistently season after season.
"Not many teams come here and win. They’re going to go on and I wish them the best of luck in the league. It’s a fantastic club, fantastic stadium and I hope they go on and get promotion like everyone else wants them to.”
The team put in a near-perfect performance to stop the free-scoring Dons and Cook said the win is all down to how they prepared for the match.
He said: “We’re happy with our performance and we said to our supporters that we have to have patience this season. We have had dips in fortune but the last five or six games we’re unbeaten now and we’ve stopped conceding goals like we were.
"It comes from hard work on the training ground. Your habits from Monday to Friday see to what you do on the Saturday. Saturday is just the icing on the cake.
“It’s a good day for Chesterfield and you’ve got to enjoy your good days because, like we’ve seen this season, bad days are very easy to come by. We can’t get carried away with a win and we must give great respect to MK Dons.”
When asked, there were no doubts over who the Liverpool-born manager would like to face in the third round, quickly answering: “Liverpool. Liverpool home, no sitting on the fence from me.”