Jack Lester believes his side will be a much better match for Lincoln the next time the two sides meet.
Chesterfield were beaten 2-1 at Sincil Bank by an Imps team that Lester expected to be physically stronger than his own.
The statistics proved his concerns were well founded, the Spireites losing out in 120 of 190 battles on the ground and in 52 of 83 aerial battles.
But Lester believes they were drawn into a physical confrontation with a more robust opponent because they didn’t take enough care in possession.
“At Lincoln on Saturday I don’t think we kept the ball very well and we got into a physical battle against a team who are physically stronger than us,” he said.
“We aren’t at that point, I don’t think, where we can go and expect to win the physical battle.
“We’ve not trained to do that yet.
“So in those types of games we need to attack better and that’s the kind of stuff we’ve been trying to work on this week.
“I thought we were defending because we weren’t attacking very well.”
Lester put the Town players through double training sessions today and on Tuesday, when they played 90 minutes against Oldham Athletic behind-closed-doors.
In time they will be able to cope with a physical battle, he says.
But in the meantime they need to be smarter in and out of possession.
“Being a little bit more joined up in our thinking, being part of a plan when we’re on the ball and being part of a plan when someone else is on the ball is the best way of putting it,” he said.
“They were ahead of us in fitness and physicality, which we knew they would be.
“It will be a good game when we play them here again because we will be a lot more equipped to play and have the capabilities of playing in the style we want to.”
Against Oldham on Tuesday at the Proact Lester had the chance to watch the whole squad in action and with no reserve team in place this season, that kind of game will be a regular feature for Town.
“When we have free weeks, the lads need to play as much as they can,” said the boss.