Chesterfield exited the league cup at the first round stage for the ninth straight year after a 3-1 extra time defeat at Carlisle United last night.In a frantic match played at an explosive pace all four goals were scored by substitutes, and after Mani Dieseruvwe's red card seconds into extra time the ten men were unable to hold on for penalties.
After the game, Spireites manager Dean Saunders told PlayerHD that his side's exit was down to being unable to capatalise on the numerous chances they created throughout the night.
"It must have been a good game to watch," he said. "It was end-to-end with lots of chances and we've just missed, missed and missed too many chances tonight; circumstances also went against us.
"There were some good performances out there today, but we're out of the cup which is disappointing. We missed too many chances and Tommy [Lee] has had too much to do for my liking."
Two of the major talking points from the long evening in Cumbria came from substitute striker Dieseruvwe, who clinically equalised Jabo Ibehre's United opener late on in the 90, before seeing red moments into extra time after leading with an arm to try and win an aerial ball.
A man down, Chesterfield conceded late extra time goals to Ibehre again and Kevin Osei as they fell to defeat.
Saunders gave feedback on the 20-year-old's performance: "He scored a great goal, I think him and Jake [Orrell] did really well when they came on, with Jay O'Shea and Dan Jones excellent as well.
"Mani's got a red card just when it looked like we were going to win and that's not helped us. He says he's not elbowed the lad in the face, but he's lead with his arm from where I was standing - I'll have to see it again - and that's made a big impact on the game, that decision to give him a red card."
Saunders expressed his disappointment at the cup exit, and will now quickly pick up his troops before the Sky Bet League 1 trip to Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The manager said: "It's a three and a half hour journey and we've had extra time, they're now all down in the dumps. Our fans have come a long way to watch the game tonight hoping that we were going to go through, so they'll be disappointed.
"The consolation is that it was a good game for all the supporters to watch and we could easily have won the game. We didn't, so well done to Carlisle, and good luck to them in the next round."