Chesterfield defender Neal Trotman insists that everybody at the club wants to do well for caretaker manager Tommy Wright after the Spireites held table-topping Gillingham to a point at Priestfield on Saturday afternoon. Town were forced to settle for their third successive 1-1 draw after Danny Kedwell's powerful header cancelled out Craig Westcarr's opener, before the former Notts County man was dismissed in the dying seconds.
The point moved Martin Allen's Gills to the League Two summit after picking up an impressive 10 points from their opening four games, while Chesterfield have managed to clinch just three from an available 12 as they still await their first victory. But the centre-half said that the squad are determined to give the Scotsman 100 per cent.
"We played really, really well," Trotman told the club's media team after the game.
"From Tommy through to the strikers, as a team, we were different class. Their keeper got man the match I think. He was unbelievable, at times I thought they were certain goals but he got his hands to them and kept them in the game but fairplay to him, he played well and if we continue to play like that I think we'll be fine.
"We can't really do anything else. We're creating a lot of chances and we played really well and if we can continue we'll be alright. It was a great performance from everyone today. Obviously with John leaving, Tommy did well to get us going and everybody wanted to do well for him.
"Obviously John was close to all the players, and it's unfortunate. I don't wish anyone to lose their job, but it's football. But Tommy's in charge now and everybody is loving it, we did really well under him today."
Chesterfield welcome Paul Dickov's Oldham Athletic to the Proact Stadium on Tuesday, as they begin their defence of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in a repeat of last year's area final. The Spireites managed to squeeze through 3-1 on aggregate on that occasion, after surviving long periods of sustained pressure from the Latics at Boundary Park before talisman Jack Lester fired his side to Wembley two minutes from time.
And Trotman, who missed the 2-0 win over Paulo Di Canio's Swindon Town through being cup-tied, is hoping he can head a few goals to enable him to dust down his best suit once again this season.
"Actually, Hirdy was in my room and he was talking about it last night," he added.
"He said he only scored one last season. But with my height and spring, I should be scoring a few this season.
"I only know two or three players at Oldham now, obviously I know the staff and they're all really good. It was unfortunate not to play in the final but I think if we'd have got beat i'd have been more disappointed. I was sat in the changing room watching them lift the cup!
"I've not worn my suit since, so who who knows? I might have to wear it again!"
You can watch Neal's full interview exclusively on Spireites Player.