Spireites enjoy £250k Cup boost after replay win

Sam Clucas takes the plaudits as his two goals see Chesterfield through to the next round of the FA Cup
Sam Clucas takes the plaudits as his two goals see Chesterfield through to the next round of the FA Cup

Chesterfield’s FA Cup third-round replay win against Scunthorpe will benefit Paul Cook’s side to the tune of around £250,000 - useful funds indeed, in the middle of a transfer window.

Cook’s men set up a trip to Championship promotion chasers Derby County after an extra-time brace from Sam Clucas saw off Scunthorpe.

And assistant manager Leam Richardson said: “I think over the two games, with the way the lads applied themselves, we deserved to go through, but you have to give credit to Scunthorpe, who gave us two great games.

“Perhaps we could have done without extra-time but the lads have really looked after themselves over Christmas and applied themselves really well so it’s really pleasing. It’s a proud night for Chesterfield.

“We’ve all come from places or clubs where times have been quite humble, so a tie like the one at Derby is fantastic and something to really look forward to.

“Ties like this give players little bonuses and I’m sure our chief executive and chairman will be having a little beer and a smile.”

In the meantime, Chesterfield have to travel to League One leaders Swindon Town on Saturday. The Robins won 3-0 at the Proact recently and they’ve gone from strength to strength from then. But Paul Cook now has a full squad to choose from and the only game Spireites have lost since the Swindon reversal was the home game with Bradford City that saw the game’s best player, Sam Morsy, red carded with his side on top, but they went on to lose 1-0.

Tuesday night subs Jimmy Ryan and Dan Jones will be hoping for recalls to the starting eleven that has been unchanged so far in 2015.

Spireites have been allocated 5700 tickets for the fourth round trip to Derby a week on Saturday with adult prices set at £12 for season ticket holders and £15 for others.

The game is expected to draw in a crowd of close on 30,000.