After a week which saw both Sam Clucas and Tendayi Darikwa leave the club for opportunities in the Championship, the Spireites put up a strong performance at Hartlepool United.
The loss of two quality players has been disappointing and has left a pretty sizeable whole in the squad with just a few days until we kick off the season against Barnsley.
However it is fair to say that Clucas and Darikwa both deserve a shot at playing higher up.
It is especially pleasing to see Tendayi make the step up, from coming through the youth ranks, to cementing himself as a first team regular and to then over the past couple of seasons prove that he is a key part of our team.
I am also pleased with the fees we have received for both of them. If the figure for Clucas is £1.3m as reported then we have managed to make a very healthy profit on a player we signed for only a £100k.
Moreover obtaining a sum of money for Darikwa when his contract would have run out at the end of the season shows we have done some good business there too.
As for the Hartlepool game you could be forgiven for thinking that the squad would be down beat and would perhaps find it tricky against a physical side like Hartlepool but they showed real resilience.
The Spireites weren’t allowed to play their normal free-flowing attacking style against Hartlepool and instead had to bide their time and wait for an opportunity. The two teams were pretty much equal in the first half and both were struggling with the windy conditions at Victoria Park.
In the second half the tide swung in favour of us, we began to spread the ball well and had the better of the chances. We did have Hartlepool on the rocks for a while and it came as no great shock when we took the lead.
One particular stand out performance in my opinion was Sam Hird. He is a very talented centre back but in the second half he moved into the right back position where he seemed at home, not just defensively but also when on the offensive he delivered some quality crosses into the box; maybe he could be a replacement for Darikwa.
On the whole it turned out to be a fairly comfortable victory made possible with some superb saves by Tommy Lee. Moving forwards we certainly need some new players, on paper we have a strong starting eleven but we do not have much strength in depth which could push us to the heights of last season.