Chesterfield boss John Sheridan was keen to take the positives following his side's 3-0 defeat to Championship new boys Huddersfield Town, but did concede he will be looking for an improvement when the Spireites welcome Nigel Clough's Derby on Saturday.
The Terriers, who face Barcelona B at the John Smith's Stadium on Wednesday night, gave the League Two side a stern test at the B2net Stadium with an impressive display of clinical finishing. But following a much-improved second-half display, Sheridan was pleased with the workout Simon Grayson's side gave his players.
"It was a good test for us in terms of fitness levels," he told Spireites Player after the game.
"They moved the ball really well and made us chase it a lot. Listen, sometimes you learn more from these games and you could see sometimes our shape wasn't quite right because of the quality of their play.
"I've just been speaking to Simon and he said they've been very poor this pre-season and that's the best they've played. I thought we got really into the game in the second-half, we kept battling and had some good chances.
"I think it's just being disciplined and i don't like losing any games, I think it's always important to try and win games and take that confidence into the league programme."
Chesterfield started on the back foot and found themselves two goals down inside just 23 minutes, firstly when veteran striker Alan Lee converted a rebound off the post from Jimmy Spencer's shot before the latter glanced a header in at the far post.
The Spireites were much brighter after the restart, however, and were unfortunate not to pull a goal back when the lively Drew Talbot struck the crossbar. But the home side were punished for not taking their chances when second-half substitute Jordan Sinnott put the seal on a flattering victory for the Yorkshire side with just three minutes on the clock.
"I think second-half, we played really well," he added.
"Drew's hit the bar, we've had a couple of opportunities where we could have done better and they scored with their first attempt on goal in the second-half. But again, it's poor defensively.
"We've got new players in and we're still getting used to it, people can get frustrated with the results in pre-season but i'm just looking at the Tranmere game.
"I don't care what anyone thinks, i'll be picking the team that i think is right on the day we play Tranmere. Whether we sign players, whether people did well for me last season, i'll pick the team that i think will get a result."
Sheridan is finally hoping to welcome back sidelined left-back Nathan Smith against the Rams and after striker Jack Lester's 10-minute cameo, the gaffer is hoping he will have everyone available at his disposal for what is set to be another tough test in their final pre-season fixture.
"We'll be playing against good players, they're a good side," Sheridan said about Derby.
"They'll move us around and hopefully we won't be playing the calibre of Huddersfield and Derby, no disrespect to the teams in our league.
"So, it's a good test. I keep saying we'll score goals this season but we've not scored too many and we've conceded, so we've got to work hard as a team and learn from tonight.
"Hopefully everyone is fit for Saturday and we can improve."
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