‘Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, we’re going to Wembley’ rang round the Proact as Chesterfield booked their place in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for the second time in three seasons.
They did it the hard way, however, and gave the home faithful a scare when Jon Parkin was given time in the penalty area to tuck in what proved to be little more than a consolation in the 90th minute.
Paul Cook’s side looked comfortable for the majority of the tie against Fleetwood Town and had done the hard work in the first leg when they gained a two goal advantage.
Chesterfield will make a return to Wembley on March 30 to face Peterborough United in the hope of emulating the success of 2012 when they lifted the trophy after seeing off Swindon Town.
The Spireites looked to settle any early nerves and were neat in possession with the influential Roberts in particular appearing refreshed.
While a two-goal advantage at half-time is always a precarious position to be in, Fleetwood knew exactly what was required. The visitors needed goals. They almost got one when Antoni Sarcevic swept a shot narrowly wide of Tommy Lee’s left hand post.
It took a last-ditched challenge from Ian Evatt to prevent Jamille Matt from applying the finishing touch from close range after a well-worked move down the right.
The hosts failed to clear the resulting corner and Sarcevic blazed over the bar from inside the six yard box. An assistant referee’s flag would have ruled it out regardless.
Chesterfield survived the early flurry of chances for Fleetwood and continued to move it well through midfield. Jimmy Ryan forced a fingertip save from Chris Maxwell.
The visiting keeper had to be on his toes moments later when Jay O’Shea tested his handling before Parkin looked to catch Lee out from halfway.
The hosts came back and Richards looped a header that Maxwell had to tip over from underneath his own bar. Hird’s drive was blocked by Marrow from the resulting corner.
Parkin went to ground under close attention from Lee and Liam Cooper but the referee ignored his protests before Maxwell produced a spectacular save to deny O’Shea.
He was by far the busier of the two keepers in the first half and he had to be quick off his line to thwart Richards’ attempted lob after the striker sprung an offside trap.
Sarcevic showed glimpses of how dangerous he could be with the ball at his feet but the adventurous midfielder couldn’t find an end product.
Parkin continued to tussle with Cooper and Evatt who held their ground and their temper when the striker attempted to unsettle the Spireites’ defence.
Brief sights of goal passed O’Shea and Morsy by before a double substitution by the visitors saw them go with three in attack. Conor McLaughlin made a vital interception to block O’Shea’s powerful effort as Chesterfield looked to put the game to bed inside an expectant Proact Stadium.
Cooper crucially stood firm to deny Sarcevic’s goalbound curler after he had cut inside from the left before he did the same again to bravely block Junior Brown’s blockbuster.
It should have been game, set and match when Roberts found Doyle but the striker nodded over from inside the six yard box.
Parkin set up a nervy final six minutes of injury time when he tucked in from close range to revive Fleetwood’s faint hopes of causing an upset, which ultimately never came.