Chesterfield defender Neal Trotman believes that his side must concentrate on their own form when the League Two campaign kicks off in a fortnight’s time, and not be distracted by other results.
The former Rochdale man managed 45 minutes in his comeback from a knee ligament injury in the 2-1 defeat to Conference National new boys Alfreton Town on Friday evening, but he was disappointed after the Spireites succumbed to their first defeat of pre-season.
“Alfreton did really well and you could see the passion from them,” Trotman told Spireites Player after the final whistle.
“But if I’m being honest, we could have been four or five up at half-time so we can take positives out of the game. We created chances, but two silly chances cost us."
Chesterfield were guilty of missing a glut of great opportunities in the opening exchanges and were made to pay by former Mansfield striker Nathan Arnold, but despite being pleased with his comeback, the centre-half held his hands up and admitted he should have buried a free header.
“I just didn’t get over it to be honest, I should have scored.
“I feel great though, I’ve been doing quite well over the summer so my fitness is alright,” he added.
“The gaffer just said to me make sure you get through it, make sure you do the right things at the right time and do nothing silly.”
The 25-year-old missed the Spireites’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success last season due to being cup tied, but in spite of his team mates’ Wembley win, Trotman revealed he would rather have maintained Chesterfield’s League One status.
“It wasn’t a good season last season, but we did win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. I think we’d have preferred to stay up, but it’s part and parcel of the game and hopefully we can get promoted again.
“I think the team is starting to take shape, so the next two are tough games but they are the teams you want to be playing against.
“Fleetwood have spent quite a bit, I think Southend will be up there again and Rotherham have spent a bit too.
“Rochdale have got some good players, but if we concentrate on ourselves we can get promotion.”
Neal's full interview is now available to view on Spireites Player.