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Penney: Delighted to progress in FA Cup

7 December 2013

Dave Penney delighted as Blues come from behind to progress to the third round of the FA Cup

Assistant manager Dave Penney believes going behind at Chesterfield was the best thing that could have happened to Blues.

Despite an early goal from the hosts, Blues responded thanks to goals from Marc Laird, Anthony Straker and Kevan Hurst to seal a 3-1 win.

That victory ensured Blues would be in the hat for the third round of the FA Cup, and Penney was delighted.

He said: “We haven’t got a soft underbelly, and going behind was probably the best thing that could have happened to us today.

“We’ve shown in recent weeks, going down to ten men against York and Portsmouth that we are full of character and it showed again today.

“It was a terrific performance in the first-half, and we got two very good goals quickly to put us ahead in the game.

“We had to work hard in the second-half and we kept pressure on them so they didn’t have time to settle into a rhythm. 

“You can’t ask for more of your players when you come to Chesterfield and produce a performance like that.

“Both FA Cup performances have been excellent. We’ve gone to two tough places and produced excellent performances.

“The spirit among the lads is great and we all just want to keep this run going.”

Looking ahead to the third round draw on Sunday, Penney added: “It would be nice to draw one of the big boys but we’ll all be watching this excitement.

“It’s great for the players, the fans and the club and an FA Cup run is what we’d all like to enjoy – the players have shown that with the performances in the competition so far.”

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