Leam Richardson says Chesterfield can take a lot of positives out of their performance, despite crashing out of the Capital One Cup round one at Leeds United.
The Spireites assistant manager believes the squad gave a good account of themselves at Elland Road and the players are continuing to improve on a daily basis.
He said: “The performance is something we can reflect on and take a lot of positives from.
“The lads are making very positive decisions and as long as they’re doing that we haven’t got a problem. We asked them to go out there with belief, and to go and express themselves which they have done in abundance.
“We can go away from here with a lot of confidence. We’ve got a few good young players in the group and they’re improving daily. The squad is coming together collectively and making positive moves.
“The work ethic filters through from the manager, myself and the staff to the players and we’re making small steps.
“You can’t rest, you can’t stand still and again we’ve played well but this time not got the result.”
Eoin Doyle put Chesterfield ahead before Michael Brown levelled and Dominic Poleon fired the Championship side into the next round on Wednesday night.
Dublin-born forward Doyle rose unchallenged to meet Drew Talbot’s deep cross for his goal.
He said: “I know the manager [Paul Cook] can get the best out of me. The last season I was at Sligo I was on good form and he instilled great confidence in me.”
Liam Cooper was named as a substitute and Richardson confirmed he will be in contention for Saturday.