Paul Cook was delighted with Spireites’ 1-0 win in the re-staged FA Cup second round match at MK Dons.
Gary Roberts scored the only goal just before the break and the result prompted his manager to say: “After the initial game everyone was a bit flat and our supporters were disappointed; but 1,100 of them turned up and they’re not disappointed now.
“We’ve got a little bit of belief among our supporters at the moment and it’s great to see as a manager because our players don’t half work hard and as a supporter or a manager you should always be proud of that. The thing that pleases me the most is the work ethic.”
He added: “Over Christmas they’ve had to make sacrifices. They’ve come in, they’ve worked and not had a cross word. We had to go back down, prepare properly and we played well again. Over 90 minutes we deserved to win. We’ve got good players, we’re a good club and we want to act a bit more that way.”
The win means even more work for the dedicated players as Spireites have to visit Scunthorpe United tomorrow night in the third round.
Ian Evatt (calf injury) will again be absent and it’s likely that Jimmy Ryan (groin) will not be risked against his previous club.
The Iron are unbeaten in nine games, three of those games being against non-league opposition in the cup, but they’ve not played since Boxing Day when they beat Rochdale 2-1 at Glandford Park.
They will be without Bobby Olejnik and Shaun Brisley, who have both returned to parent club Peterborough, as has former Spireite Richard Brindley, who is back with the Millers, scoring their goal at the weekend against Bournemouth.
Spireites have signed Owls’ 19 year old striker Mani Dieseruvwe on a month’s youth loan, but he will not be eligible for the game tomorrow night.
The League One game originally scheduled for Saturday, against Crawley Town at the Proact Stadium, has been rearranged for Tuesday, January 27 at 7.45pm whilst the game penciled in for the previous Saturday, at Scunthorpe United, will have to be rearranged as one of the two sides will be in the FA Cup fourth round that weekend.