Chesterfield assistant manager Brian Carey believes Sheffield United shouldn’t be judged on their heavy opening day defeat as the Spireites prepare to head to Bramall Lane for Saturday’s local derby.
United were beaten 4-0 by Gillingham last weekend in what was new manager Nigel Adkins’ first competitive game in charge.
But the Blades followed that up with a narrow Capital One Cup win at Morecambe on Tuesday night and Carey believes they will be very keen to continue making amends for their poor start.
He said: “They’ll be hurting after that and will want to show their fans that it was a one-off.
“They recovered well on Tuesday night with the win at Morecambe and have an experienced manager and an experienced group of players who will have been through that kind of thing before and be galvanised by what happened.
“A lot of managers last week will have looked at the first game of the season and not been sure what to expect and I think that will continue for the next few weeks as squads settle down and new players get used to their surroundings.
“Even though we’ve had a more settled squad for a little bit longer there is still a lot of work to be done to get things to the level we’re happy with.”
Following last Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Barnsley, Chesterfield were then dumped out of the Capital One Cup after extra-time at Carlisle United.
Despite losing that match, Carey said there were still plenty of positives to be drawn from it.
“It was a good game for a neutral as it was a cup tie that had a bit of everything,” he said.
“From our point of view we’re naturally disappointed we didn’t get through as we perhaps allowed Carlisle to generate a bit too much momentum.
“There were plenty of positives. We carried on doing a lot of the good things we’d done on Saturday, particularly in terms of the number of chances created which was very pleasing.
“At the other end, Tommy Lee was perhaps a bit busier than we would have liked but he pulled off some great saves, and although he took a knock late on he’ll be fine for Saturday.
“Obviously we could have done without extra-time and the fact we had a long trek up to Carlisle and the players didn’t get to bed until 3-4am didn’t do us many favours, but it shouldn’t affect us this weekend.”
Following the trip to Sheffield United, Chesterfield then visit Shrewsbury Town next Tuesday night.