Burton Albion progressed to the Third Round of the FA Cup for only the fourth time in their history after a terrific display on a freezing day at the Pirelli Stadium.
Firsy half goals from Jacques Maghoma and Aaron Webster and a late strike by James Collins ensured Burton will have the chance of meeting one of football's giants in the new year.
Paul Peschisolido made three changes to his starting eleven for the FA Cup Second Round tie against League 2 high flyers Chesterfield. Russell Penn returned from a thigh injury to come in for Shaun Harrad as the Brewers switched back to the 4-2-3-1 formation that brought victory at Chesterfield two weeks ago.
Jacques Maghoma also came back into the side in place of Lewis Young and Andy Corbett replaced Ryan Austin who picked up an ankle injury in Tuesday evening's defeat to Aldershot Town. Former Brewers loanee goalkeeper Shane Redmond was on the bench for Chesterfield.
It had only been two weeks since the Brewers had claimed an impressive 2-1 victory at Chesterfield's b2net Stadium, the first defeat suffered by the Spireites at their new home.
Chesterfield's Deane Smalley picked up a booking after only 47 seconds after a high challenge at John McGrath. Only two minutes later Adam Bolder also went into the book after a late challenge on Danny Whittaker in a lively opening to the game.
Craig Davies went close in the sixth minute from a set piece 23 yards out after a handball by Darren Moore.
But it was the Brewers who took the lead in the 12th minute. John McGrath dinked a delicate freekick into the area for Aaron WEBSTER to control and then shoot left footed on the turn into the bottom corner from twelve yards out.
Scott Malone then had Spireites keeper Tommy Lee worried when he sent a 30 yard left footed shot just wide of the near post.
The Brewers had started really well and Jacques Maghoma was next to go close. he charged down Dan Gray in the right full back position and cut inside before his shot across Lee was blocked away by Dwayne Mattis.
Adam Legzdins was called into action in the 20th minute to save well from Jack Lester after the ball fell to the dangerous striker from a corner kick. But a minute later the Brewers had another chance, Maghoma again stole the ball off Gray and elected to shoot rather than pass to the unmarked Webster, with his effort curling wide of the far post.
However MAGHOMA did not pass up a third opportunity to score asn he put the Brewers two up in the 22nd minute. Credit must go to Russell Penn who ran from deep in his own half before sliding a perfect through ball to Maghoma who cooly finished low past Lee.
Nathan Stanton went into the book in the 27th minute after a heavy tackle on Davies as Chesterfield looked to break.
Chesterfield enjoyed more of the possession as the half drew to a close but had no more opportunities to threaten Legzdins. Drew Talbot headed high over the bar from a corner in the 44th minute.
Half time: Burton Albion 2 - 0 Chesterfield
There were no changes at the break from either side as the players returned to the chilly Pirelli Stadium pitch.
But John Sheridan was forced into a change in the 49th minute. Jordan Bowery came on to replace Craig Davies who had picked up a hamstring injury.
Chesterfield made two more substitutions in the 54th minute. Ian Breckin and Tendayi Darikwa came on to replace Dan Gray and Deane Smalley.
Webster could have scored his second of the afternoon in the 59th minute. Malone crossed from the left but Webster could only loop an effort on goal from six yards out which was easy for Lee to get to.
Collins nearly made it three for the Brewers in the 63rd minute. Jacques Maghoma sent a great ball over the Chesterfield defence for Collins who moved in from the right and sent a fierce shot across Lee which Lee beat away.
Bowery sent a header over the crossbar in the 75th minute after Lester had crossed from the right for Chesterfield. The visitors were having more possession but the Brewers were threatening on the break.
Whitaker tested Legzdins from 30 yards in the 81st minute but the Brewers keeper saved comfortably.
Jimmy Phillips came on for the finalm four minutes in place of Jacques Maghoma.
Chesterfield grabbed a late goal through Jordan BOWERY at the far post from a corner kick. Legzdins had done well to save originally but the rebound fell kindly to Bowery who rifled the ball into the top corner.
But with the pressure on James COLLINS raced away on the break to make it 3-1 to the Brewers and ensure the Brewers would play in the FA Cup Third Round.
Final score: Burton Albion 3-1 Chesterfield
Scorers: Brewers: Webster (12) Maghoma (22) Collins (90+4) Chesterfield: Bowery (90)
Referee: Mr M. Brown
Booked: Brewers: Bolder (3) Stanton (27) Chesterfield - Smalley (1) Breckin (76)
Brewers: LEGZDINS, WEBSTER, STANTON, MCGRATH, MOORE, CORBETT, PENN, MAGHOMA (PHILLIPS 87), COLLINS, BOLDER, MALONE. Subs: POOLE, BOERTIEN, JAMES, HARRAD, WALKER, PHILLIPS, YOUNG.
Spireites: LEE, ROBERTSON, FORD, ALLOT, DAVIES (BOWERY 49), WHITAKER, MATTIS, LESTER , GRAY (BRECKIN 54), SMALLEY (DARIKWA 54), TALBOT. Subs: LOWRY, BRECKIN, MORRIS, BODEN, BOWERY, REDMOND, DARIKWA.