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Saunders: "It was the start that gave us the win"

10 November 2015

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Chesterfield rubber-stamped their place in the FA Cup second round with a 4-1 Monday night win at non-league FC United of Manchester.

Early goals from Gboly Ariyibi and Lee Novak paved the way for a less nervy match than expected for the visitors, with second half goals from substitutes Rai Simons and Ollie Banks making Luke Ashworth's late header for FC United a mere consolation.

Speaking to PlayerHD after the match at Broadhurst Park manager Dean Saunders felt the early goals were crucial factors in his side's Cup progression.

"We're through, it was a difficult game," he said. "The cameras were here for an upset and they moved the game back to be live on telly, waiting for an upset.

"We were on our guard and we started the game well and it was probably the start that gave us the win.

"We scored two great goals, as good as you will see. The boys approached the game right and it made us have a comfortable night."

Saunders paid tribute to the vocal home fans, and acknowledged that the home side did create openings of their own on a blustery Manchester evening.

"Their crowd was magnificent," commented the manager. "It was like a Championship game here with their fans behind the goal. If it hadn't have been for the start we had it would have been a very difficult night.

"They had opportunities but just didn't score. They had shots from long range but they just didn't get the finishes they needed."

The win sets up a Proact Stadium second round date with League One high-flyers Walsall, a fixture Saunders knows will be a huge obstacle for his side's hopes of reaching the third round and the introduction of the big boys. 

"It's a tough draw, probably the toughest we could have had. In the FA Cup if you're going to go on you're going to have to beat some good teams." 

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