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Clucas: "We don’t Fear Anyone"

15 January 2015

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Tuesday night’s match winner Sam Clucas reflected on his extra time double which eased the Spireites into the FA Cup fourth round after their 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.

Chesterfield were made to wait after some rearguard action from the Iron took the game into extra time, but the Spireites' pressure finally told when Clucas arrived at the back post to get on the end of an Eoin Doyle cross, before he expertly bent an effort into the top corner from 25 yards to make the game safe.

He said: “Luckily tonight my goals helped get the team through to the next round which is going to be a great game away at Derby.

“It was a great team goal the first one. I think it started with Tendayi [Derikwa] at the back charging up, a great little interplay for a great cross and fortunately I was on the end of it.”

If the first seemed straightforward from six yards out there was nothing simple about the second, as the full-back picked up on a loose ball and fired past Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe from range, giving the scoreline a fairer reflection of the game.

Clucas said: “Tendayi again had great energy up and down that wing. It just fell to me on the edge of the box so I thought I might as well have a go and it’s gone in. I’m delighted.”

Chesterfield had pushed throughout the match, but with Slocombe in fine form it was becoming an ever-frustrating night in North Derbyshire.

However, the Spireites maintained their pressure and Clucas felt there was no need to panic as the team’s quality was always going to shine through.

“It was like at their place, I thought we were creating the chances we just weren’t scoring," he said. "When we played at their place I think I saw the goalkeeper have one the best games I’ve ever seen a goalkeeper have.

“This time everything was going down the middle for him so we just thought if we keep persevering we were going to get there in the end and our quality shone through. We could push on into extra time and I thought we looked the fitter team.”

At the end of 90 minutes Spireites boss Paul Cook made a change to bring on left-back Daniel Jones which pushed Clucas further forward in extra time.

Clucas said: “To be honest the first thing I thought was I might get the winner here so I was delighted to get pushed up and I was fortunate to get the two goals.

“I’m keeping Dan out at the minute which is a great achievement and it’s great that the manager looks down and thinks he can stick with me so I’m delighted. As long as I’m out on that pitch playing football I’m happy.”

The result sets up a local tie away at Championship side Derby but before that the Spireites head to table-toppers Swindon this weekend, and Clucas is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“It’s a mouthwatering tie and I think there’s going to be loads of fans there," he said. "On our day we can beat anyone so where they are in their league we’re not going to look at. We’ll go out there and play our game, try and keep the ball and see what comes of it.

“Swindon away - they’re top of the league and in great form but we’re in good form as well at the minute so if we can go there and get a result it turns into a great month.

“We don’t fear anyone. We go out there to play our own game because we know if we’re on it we’ll beat most teams with the quality we’ve got.”

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