AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown admitted Lady Luck had been on their side after stealing all three points with a 1-0 win over Chesterfield on the opening day of the npower League Two season.
Jack Midson's first-half strike proved the difference between the two sides in the end but the Spireites, relegated from npower League One last season, certainly had their chances and Dons goalkeeper Seb Brown was named man of the match.
And after holding on for a valuable win Brown admitted that his players had learned their lessons from a rocky pre-season. "I can't get the smile off my face,'' said Brown. "Going into this one we hadn't won in four or five so it was going to be a different game because it was a league game.
"It was boiling hot and it was the kind of game that you had to get your noses in front, and we got our noses in front against the run of play.
"Blimey, we got battered for half an hour and Seb Brown quite rightly won the man of the match because they ran us ragged in midfield.
"They've had to chase the game in the second half and it's never easy. As the game went on we looked the more dangerous and I think getting that early goal against the run of play was the break we needed.''
Chesterfield manager John Sheridan knows his side cannot afford to be so wasteful in front of goal. "We should have scored four goals in the opening 15-20 minutes. We played really, really well but we just didn't take our chances,'' said Sheridan, whose side won the title the last time they were in League Two two seasons ago.
"Then they scored and it gives them something to hold on to and that's what they've done, but I don't think I've seen a game more for the taking.
"The goal should never have happened. We've got possession 80 yards from our goal and in five seconds they've scored.
"Whoever's at fault for the goal has to hold their hands up but I'll do that in the dressing room. We should have won the game. We should have got the three points but we haven't.''