Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright looked back on a job well done at Deepdale.
Ahead of the league trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday he said: “It was an open cup tie, end to end, you never knew who was going to win it.
“It went to penalties and we held our nerves. It’ll give everyone at the club a boost.”
He said there was no shortage of takers for the penalties: “There were a few came up and stuck their hands up to show a bit of bottle, you have to give them credit for that, it’s a difficult thing to do when there’s a lot at stake.”
Oldham Athletic are Chesterfield’s opponents in the two legged regional final, with one game each due in January and February.
“Wright sees this as a great opportunity to play at the spiritual home of football: “The League’s the first priority but any chance of getting to Wembley’s got to be a top priority.
“As a player, I played there in the play-offs, John (Sheridan) scored a winner there in a cup final and Mark (Crossley) saved a penalty there in a cup final, so it’s a fantastic opportunity.”