Chesterfield manager Paul Cook dedicated the success of reaching Wembley to the hard-working staff at the club.
Spireites lost on Tuesday to Fleetwood Town in the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final to a late Jon Parkin goal.
But it wasn’t enough for the Cod Army and the two-goal advantage Chesterfield gained from the first leg of the tie proved to be crucial in deciding who went to Wembley. Cook said: “I thought we did well. I never thought we looked like losing the game.
“We passed the ball well. The night was all about getting through. It was always going to be a difficult game, the result being what it was, because we know Fleetwood are strong.
“I’m very proud of the players tonight. I’m very proud of everything we’ve done in such a short time at the club.
“I think there are a lot of other people at the club who should take plaudits tonight rather than myself.
“It’s easy for me to sit here as the manager and think I’m good, but I’ve got good staff who work well for me, good players.
“I’m very lucky to be backed by a chief executive, who is strong and supportive, a chairman and a board of directors and everyone else who work so hard at the club.”
Cook will lead his side out at Wembley on Sunday, March 30 against Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United, who edged past Swindon Town on Monday after a thrilling penalty shoot out.
Jimmy Ryan’s thunderbolt, following goals from Ian Evatt and Sam Morsy, at Highbury Stadium in the first leg of the area final ensured there wasn’t a need for such dramas at the Proact Stadium.
Spireites turn their attentions back to the league this weekend when they travel to lowly Wycombe Wanderers before another away day at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday, as they continue their pursuit of achieving automatic promotion from League Two.