Chesterfield’s Sam Clucas was punching the air come the end of extra-time on Tuesday night, but it was his feet that did the talking with two important goals to send the Spireites in to round four.
The versatile 24-year-old started the third round replay with Scunthorpe United at left back before he was moved in to a more attacking role at the end of 90 minutes with Dan Jones coming off the bench.
It proved to be a fruitful piece of thinking by the Spireites’ management team as Clucas tapped in from close range before unleashing a long range curler that set up a tie against Derby County.
He showed he can operate anywhere on the left and kept Scunthorpe’s Paddy Madden, who often drifted to either flank, quiet defensively before demonstrating his own attacking ability with a brace of goals.
Clucas is likely to come up against Swindon’s Nathan Byrne who was a constant threat for Mark Cooper’s side in the reverse fixture in October and scored after moving his way in from the right side.
It was his third goal of the season. Byrne hasn’t scored since though will undoubtably be eager to end that run on Saturday when his top of the table side take on a Chesterfield team just outside the play-offs.