Youth-team boss Mark Smith was delighted to see his side pick up their first victory of the season, beating Notts County 2-0 in the cup on Saturday.
Ben Partridge and Fabian Johnson grabbed the goals to seal the win and Smith heaped praise on the young Spireites. He said: “I’m pleased for the lads because it’s obviously took a few games to come but I generally thought we got what we deserved on Saturday and what we’ve got to do now is build on it.
“We talked after the game about it being a nice feeling and we want more of those nice feelings. We will get it by doing things properly, working hard and doing things on the training ground. If we take it into games in the league then it’s up to us what happens. It will be interesting to see how we go with it now.
“The shackles are off a little bit. We have won a game now, so we can build on that and they can take confidence into the next game.”
It took 75 minutes for Chesterfield to break the deadlock. Partridge cut in from the right and unleashed an unstoppable effort past the County goalkeeper, and with two minutes remaining, Johnson made the game safe.
Smith had been critical in recent weeks about how his side started games, but the 53-year-old had only positives for the performance.
“The players have taken on board the things that we’ve been saying over the last couple of weeks and we need to be starting games on the front foot,” added Smith. “We need to be playing in their half and doing all the dirty stuff. You’ve got to earn the right to play and we haven’t been doing things like that in most of the games.
“Sometimes, we’ve conceded goals in that period of time which makes life a little bit difficult, so we talked about how we are going to start the game. We worked on a few things in the week and to be fair, they did what they were asked of them and we were competitive and in the game.”
Chesterfield: McCready, Massey, Edridge, Maguire, McNicholas, Partridge, Hewitt, Coy, Walshaw, Johnson, Brock (Mathers 75).
Subs not used: Bayne, Ellis, Daswell, Dakwa.