Gillingham boss Mark Stimson heaped praise on his players after his side held League One Stockport to a goalless draw at the Priestfield.
The hosts, who are riding high in League Two, were the far better side in the first half, but failed to find the opener. Stockport rallied after the break, but were unable to breach the Gillingham defence.
Stimson said: "I'm very pleased. I said before the game let's just make sure we are in the draw, give everything and I don't think I can be disappointed with any of the players."
He added: "We will have to get ready for a very difficult away tie, they are very good on their travels, but they are not bad at home either.
"I said at half time that was the best 45 minutes since I have been here, in the second-half they changed the system and gave us some problems, but we gave a good account of ourselves and the vocal backing was much appreciated."
Stockport boss Jim Gannon said: "I think we had it in the second-half, we had enough chances to get the result.
"We don't want to make too much of the travelling, it has affected us before and there were a couple of players who looked out of sorts in the first-half, but then again there are some players who got on with the job.
"We have played 4-4-2 in the last few weeks, but we couldn't release any of the players from midfield, so we switched to our more orthodox 4-2-3-1.
"We had a trio of midfielders, Anthony Pilkington, Tommy Rowe and Gary Dicker who started to get hold of the ball in the second-half and in the end we were disappointed not to get the win."
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