SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC’s character pleasing boss Paul Cook

Braintree Town vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook shields from the sun- Pic By James Williamson
Braintree Town vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook shields from the sun- Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook was pleased with the way his players conducted themselves in the FA Cup first round tie at Braintree.

The Spireites progressed in to the second round of the competition - and set up a mouthwatering clash away at MK Dons - after a 6-0 win at the Conference club.

Braintree Town vs Chesterfield - Sam Clucas makes it three just before the break - Pic By James Williamson

Braintree Town vs Chesterfield - Sam Clucas makes it three just before the break - Pic By James Williamson

Eoin Doyle opened the scoring in the 20th minute and Cook’s side never looked back. Jay O’Shea soon doubled the advantage on 30 minutes before Sam Clucas made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.

Gary Roberts, on his return to first team duties, after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, got number four. An own goal made it five before Doyle completed the rout in injury time.

Cook said: “The players were excellent in a very difficult game, Braintree do not concede that many goals at home - they’re well organised.

“Our lads were terrific, they really stood up. It was always going to be a difficult second half to maintain our standards.

“Our standards in the first half were very good, it’s what won us the game. Over the last month, I’ve learned a lot about management and about myself.

“What I do know is to trust your players more and more and I trust this group of players a lot. I’m delighted we’re in the second round.”

He added: “I’m really pleased because it was a difficult tie on paper and our lads have come through it really well.”

Chesterfield’s mammoth win beat the 6-1 triumph over Hartlepool United at the same stage of the competition two years ago - Cook’s second game in charge of the Spireites.

His side will have the opportunity to take their morale-boosting cup win in to League One on Saturday when they travel to take on Crewe Alexandra.