Chesterfield boss Roy McFarland was quick to praise his players after their glorious Carling Cup campaign finally came to an end in dramatic fashion against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.
The Spireites, having already beaten Wolves, Manchester City and West Ham United earlier in the competition, finally lost out in a penalty shootout after the match against Iain Dowie's side had ended 3-3 after extra-time.
"I'm really proud of my team because we came so close," said McFarland.
"That's three Premiership teams now who've not been able to beat us in normal time and Charlton couldn't even beat us until penalties.
"Derek Niven's penalty miss was one we couldn't really afford to miss in the shootout but I've nothing but praise for the lads."