Is it getting themselves fired up properly before the game? Is it having the right mentality? Or is it simply the luck of the draw? The Spireites again earned an unlikely win at MK on Tuesday.
Chesterfield’s 3-2 victory over MK Dons on Tuesday night was their fourth away win in succession against the same opponents.
Goals from Jay O’Shea, Kristian Dennis and Dan Gardner helped the Spireites to a hard-fought victory that moved them off the bottom of the table.
The game itself was a scrappy affair but once again, the Spireites continued their recent hoodoo over the Dons on their own patch, but what is the secret to their success?
No one really knows but fans will not be complaining as long as the results keep coming.
The Spireites have only lost one of their last six meetings between the two sides, coming in a 1-0 defeat at the Proact back in August 2014, during the Dons’ promotion season to the Championship.
But an FA Cup second round meeting between the two sides in December began the hoodoo as Chesterfield earned their first victory over the Dons for seven years through Armand Gnanduillet's header.
However, the tie had to be replayed in early January as it was revealed that the Spireites had fielded an ineligible player in defender Georg Margreitter during the victory.
A second trip to Milton Keynes did not get the side down and they repeated the trick, progressing into the third round by repeating the 1-0 scoreline courtesy of a Gary Roberts strike.
As the Dons continued their promotion push in March 2015, play-off chasing Chesterfield once again went to Stadium MK with the visitors sitting second in the League One table.
Same sides, same venue, same outcome. This time, a 90th minute winner from Caolan Lavery extended Chesterfield’s recent success over the Dons to three matches and stalled MK Dons’ promotion progress.
Better still, Tuesday night made it four from four as Danny Wilson’s men ended their eight-game losing run with a 3-2 success.
Chesterfield will be looking to extend their winning run against the Dons to five games when the two sides meet in the first game of 2017 at the Proact Stadium.
The two sides share a curse that has haunted them since they first locked horns back in 2004, however. Only once in the previous 13 meetings has the side hosting the match taken all three points - when the Dons fell on the right side of a 6-2 Stadium MK encounter in August 2011.