Tendayi Darikwa didn’t receive the gift he was hoping for as Chesterfield lost 1-0 at home to Bradford City on the full back’s 23rd birthday.
The right-back believed his team did enough to earn at least a point but was not too disheartened as he feels the Spireites have performed well so far this season.
He said: “It’s disappointing not to win on any day but obviously on your birthday you want a result. We’re just disappointed to not come away with at least a point.
“I thought we were fairly comfortable in the game even with ten men. When Sam Morsy got sent off it made it harder for us to control the game but we kept going although we couldn’t get that goal.
“We’ve done well against the teams above us. I think today we were the better team and had the better chances in the game. But that’s football and it’s all about the result.”
Billy Clarke’s curling left-footed shot was the only goal of the game but Darikwa, agreeing with his manager, felt there was a hand involved as the Bradford striker brought the ball down.
Darikwa said: “From where I was on the pitch it looked to be hand ball but the ref and linesman didn’t give it. Fair play to the striker, he finished it off well.”
Darikwa has been a regular in the side this season and is set to make his 100th league appearance for Chesterfield away at Gillingham on Saturday. The defender is excited by that prospect but also wants to get the team back on an unbeaten run.
He said: “I think I’m doing alright and I’m happy to be playing, whether that’s right back or somewhere else on the pitch.
“It’s always nice to hit landmarks like that and hopefully there are many more to come. Hopefully there are more for the club as well as we continue to push up the Football League.
“With people out of the team it’ll be a chance for someone else to come in and stake a claim. Hopefully we can get another unbeaten run going.”
The attacking right-back is yet to score in the league this season but praised Eoin Doyle for his brilliant start in front of goal. The Irishman has 19 goals so far with a final chance to make it 20 before Christmas next Saturday.
Darikwa said: “He’s been fantastic for us this season and 20 goals at this stage would be fantastic for him so hopefully he can get that one next week.
“I’ve forgotten what it feels like to score a goal but I’m obviously just trying to keep clean sheets and if I grab a goal then I'll be happy.”
“Every footballer will tell you they’re enjoying playing and I’m no different. If I’m in the team then I’ll continue to enjoy it as much as I am at the moment."