Fleetwood lie in wait

Last Updated: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:31

Paul Cook saluted "a night to remember" for Chesterfield after they beat Oldham 6-5 to reach the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final.

The Spireites battled to a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes at Boundary Park and will now face Sky Bet League Two rivals Fleetwood for a place at Wembley.

The shoot-out went into sudden-death after both sides missed one penalty and Drew Talbot fired in the decisive spot-kick after Oldham's Anton Rodgers was denied by visiting goalkeeper Tommy Lee.

Lee had also played a starring role in the 90 minutes as he rescued Chesterfield with a string of second-half saves.

Earlier, League One Oldham went in front midway through the first half when David Mellor crossed to Danny Philliskirk, who produced a smart turn and finish for his ninth goal of the season.

But Chesterfield levelled after 28 minutes, with Tendayi Darikwa heading in from close range after Talbot's excellent first-time cross.

Chesterfield's success was the perfect response to their weekend FA Cup defeat by Southend and Cook said: "I'm delighted for everyone at the club.

"People can't wait to fire bullets and we got some stick after Saturday, but the players were terrific.

"We were up against a really bright side who are going to be a threat to everyone, but we are into an area final and that's exciting.

"It certainly excites me as a manager because people sometimes forget that the staff here are also young and we are still learning our trade.

"In the second half we ran out of ideas a bit, but we are through on penalties and all very much looking forward to the challenge against Fleetwood.

"We are struggling for numbers at the moment, but this is a night to remember. We are second in the league and into an area final, so the season isn't going too badly."

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