Chesterfield winger Gary Roberts admitted that Daventry Town gave his side ‘a great game’ in their FA Cup showdown at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
Roberts scored the all-important first goal after 69 minutes on Saturday, hammering home a far-post shot after Jay O’Shea’s free-kick from the right wing had evaded everybody else.
Jimmy Ryan then wrapped things up for the Spireites with late deflected effort, but Roberts admitted the Calor League Division One Central side had proved a tought nut to crack.
“It was always going to be tricky, they’re on a great run,” said Roberts.
“Whatever league they’re in, it’s one game and it’s their cup final, but I think a little bit of fitness and a little bit of class showed in the end.
“Fair play to Daventry though, they came and gave us a great game, we can’t say we were brilliant but we’re in the hat.
“We’re not silly, we know we weren’t great today.
“We weren’t flowing as we were in the early season but it’s a win, and just to have a ‘W’ by our name will cheer the lads up.”
Roberts was also delighted to get on the scoresheet, and said: “We’ve worked on set pieces for and against a lot this week so it’s nice to score from a set piece.
“Personally I’m delighted to see it go in because I haven’t scored for a couple of weeks now.”
Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson was also relieved to get through to the next round, and praised Daventry’s performance.
“We’ll compliment Daventry on their performance, application and work ethic they showed,” said Richardson.
“I thought they were outstanding but it’s a cup competition and you’ve got to win to go through and we knew that they weren’t going to come and lie down.
“We are just happy to be in the next round.
“We always felt we would get stronger in the game through our fitness levels, but teams like Daventry aren’t going to come and sit back.
“They are going to come and have a go.
“A quote from their manager was that it was the biggest game in their club’s history, so it was always going to be a fight.
“When teams haven’t got anything to lose and nothing to fear, they are dangerous.
“What you can do is work and apply yourself properly and get the result, which we did on Saturday.”