“If you don’t take your chances, you’ll get punished.”
That’s the message from Tendayi Darikwa as Chesterfield target promotion to League One in the coming weeks.
The versatile 22-year-old believes the Spirietes have shown they can compete against higher league opposition.
But Darikwa warned they must learn their lesson from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final defeat to Peterborough United.
He said: “To lose on the big occasion was disappointing. I thought we had a fair few chances but it just wasn’t our day.
“Fair play to Peterborough they made us pay. We created plenty of chances. They scored from a set piece but sometimes that’s football.
“If you don’t take your chances, especially against a side like Peterborough, you’ll get punished.”
Chesterfield racked up as many chances as Peterborough and slightly edged the League One side in possession.
The Spireites could have had a penalty in the opening minutes of the game when Eoin Doyle was seemingly tripped.
Referee Andy D’Urso waved away their appeals but Darikwa said it looked like a penalty from where he was stood.
“I don’t think the referee gave us much but sometimes that’s the way it goes,” said the makeshift right-back.
Naturally disappointed, Darikwa thanked the travelling blue army from north Derbyshire for their unwavering support.
He said: “The support was unreal. They’ve been with us all the way through the season.
“The noise they generated was fantastic and we want to say a big thanks from all the players and the staff.
“If they stick with us until the end of the season hopefully we can get them promotion and do them proud.”
Chesterfield overcame League One opposition in Oldham Athletic in the northern area semi-final of the competition.
They narrowly lost to Championship side Leeds United in the League Cup earlier on in the campaign at Elland Road.
And Darikwa said the crop of current players at the Proact Stadium have given supporters reasons to be optimistic.
He added: “It’s hard to take the positives but we gave Peterborough a scare.
“They (Peterborough) are obviously trying to get back to the Championship, we pushed them all the way.
“I think we’ve shown that we’ve got the players to give teams in the league above a good go.”
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson backed Chesterfield to achieve promotion this season to League One.
He said: “I feel they’re an up-and-coming club and I like the way they play.
“I would like to see them get promoted and I felt at times, they kept the ball better than us.
“They’re one of those teams that could go and get back-to-back promotions, we’ve done it ourselves and you can see that they’re a very good team.”