Sam Morsy praised the Spireite’s performance, though it was not enough to keep the FA Cup dream alive as Derby ran out 2-0 winners at the iPro Stadium.There was little to separate the two teams in the Derbyshire derby, but two clinical finishes from the Rams' Darren Bent and Will Hughes were enough to send the Championship side through to the fifth round.
Speaking after the game captain Morsy was not too disconsolate: “It was a really good, positive performance from us and unfortunately we just fell short. Derby are a very good team who are looking to be in the Premier League next season.
“They’ve got good individual players but I thought we played well and enjoyed the majority of possession, but just fell short.
"We’re a little bit deflated as we created chances, we cut them open and played good football, but unfortunately we just didn’t have that killer instinct to beat them.
"Fair play to Derby, they’re a good team and we wish them all the best in the competition.”
A goal in each half was enough to see Derby progress, though Chesterfield had enough chances of their own to turn the game around.
Morsy said: “They were two poor goals to concede. With the first one we should have defended better collectively and with the second we gave the ball away in a bad area. It’s not as if they cut us open with intricate play, it was just two errors on our part and that’s the most disappointing thing.
“We felt comfortable, we created chances and got in good positions. But they had those clinical players, Darren Bent for the first goal he was alive in the box and then Will Hughes capitalised on a mistake.”
A total of 5,433 Spireite fans packed the away stands at the iPro Stadium and gave their support to their team throughout the match, which was appreciated by the players.
Morsy said: “The support today was magnificent. The fans travelled in numbers and that’s always great to see and hopefully they could see us putting everything into the game out there today.”
Chesterfield return to league football on Tuesday, knowing a win would lift them into the Sky Bet League 1 play-off places.
Morsy said: “The big game for us is now Crawley Town on Tuesday night. If we have aspirations of playing at grounds like this every week then we need to make it count in the league we’re in now.
“We’re on a really good run in the league and we’ve got to keep that going. It was disappointing to lose to Swindon but they’re a good team and we’ll be looking to keep our run going on Tuesday.”